WILSON---Following a 2-hour, 32-minute Lightning Delay at Fleming Stadium, the Marlins showed some last second fight in the tank pushing the Wilson Tobs to the brink. Trailing 4-2 with the bases loaded in the 9th on a dramatic two-out rally, Blake Graham (Missouri State) struck out as the Marlins couldn't come back in the closing moments.
The game went early into Saturday morning as action returned at 11:40 p.m. EST after play was stalled at 9:08 following the final out of the sixth inning, a groundout from Chris Clare. Trailing by three, the Marlins pieced together a walk from Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee), back-to-back hits from Grant Tyndall (Mt. Olive) and Matt Collins (Texas A&M) before Butch Baird closed things out with the final strikeout.
Following two scoreless innings of relief from John Henry Styles (Stanford), strikng out five in the process, the Marlins pieced together that two-out rally in the 9th inning eventually coming up just one hit short of pulling out an emotional comeback win.
The Marlins returned to action from the delay trailing 4-1 heading into the top of the 7th inning, dropping their second-straight contest. Coming out the break, Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) reached base with a one-out single to right but could do nothing more. Then in the 8th, right as the clock shifted from Friday night into early Saturday, the Marlins went down 1-2-3 against reliever Greg Mason.
Before the game was delayed, the Marlins initially trailed 3-0 in the third inning as the Tobs struck first blood against starter Andrew Burnick (Penn), who went 5.2 innings of work. While Burnick was throwing mostly fastballs in his arsenal, the right hander was very effective striking out seven batters. This effort came following a nine-strikeout effort in his last start on June 5th against the Gastonia Grizzlies, allowing just four hits on Friday night pitching in front of his parents, who drove all the way down from Charlotte, N.C. to watch him deal.
During the third inning, the Tobs took advantage of two walks from Burnick cashing in their runs with a two-RBI double from Collin Thacker along with an RBI single from Jose Bonilla, who has now driven in six runners over his last two games against these Marlins. On the offensive end, the Marlins went three innings without recording a hit against starter Carson Teel. That no-hitter bid ended quickly when Christian Campbell (Rutgers) laced a sharp single to left on the first pitch.
The Marlins would continue to rally in that frame, scoring their first and only run before the delay with a two-out RBI triple off the right field wall from Stephen Wallace. The Mt. Olive product now leads the Marlins with 13 RBI's on the season, finishing the night 1-3 at the dish.
Following the late-night loss, the Marlins (7-10) hit the road later today to face the first-place Edenton Steamers. The Marlins will then return home for a special Captain Stacy's evening on Father's Day at Big Rock Stadium, hosting the Wilmington Sharks for their sixth meeting of the season.
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