MOREHEAD CITY—The Marlins were led by two home runs from the smaller power threats in the lineup, breaking a three-game losing streak in a strong 7-4 win over the Wilmington Sharks on Father's Day. Keyshawn D'Orso (Norfolk State) and Christian Campbell (Rutgers) both delivered two-run shots giving the Marlins an emphatic boost.
Tied 2-2 in the 4th inning, D'Orso connected on a fastball, driving the baseball off the side of the scoreboard in left field, giving the Marlins their final lead of the night. "That was huge," D'Orso said. "We needed more to add on, and it really helped the team win."
Colton Hatchcock (Memphis) took the mound for his third start of the year giving the Marlins a much-needed quality outing going 5.1 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits. After allowing a run to score in the first on a wild pitch, Hathcock pitched effectively wild through the middle part walking six while also striking out six batters. That opened the door for Grant Gavin (Central Missouri) who came out pumping the zone, eventually retiring six by way of the strikeout in relief.
"It was great. Seeing them throw strikes, keeping the ball in play and keeping us interested is just what we need," said D'Orso.
Christian Campbell added the exclamation point belting a two-run shot into left giving the Marlins a 7-3 lead at that point. As the Rutgers product was rounding third, the chants of "Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers" proclaimed off the smiling faces of his teammates. Campbell had only recorded one home run over his collegiate career, so this two-run shot for the Marlins was certainly special.
"It's kind of awesome, it doesn't really even happen in batting practice," Campbell joked. "Just to have it in the game is huge." Campbell also got things started with an RBI groundout ending the night 3-5 at the plate hitting out of the No. 3 hole in head coach Jason Wood's lineup.
Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) gave the Marlins a much-needed burst in the 5th when he doubled in Luke Bolka (ECU) giving the Marlins an early 5-2 lead. After allowing a season-high 20 runs on Saturday, the Marlins pitching limited the Sharks (9-11) to just four hits on the night, which ended up being a season-low allowed. Zach Reid entered in the 9th for a perfect 1-2-3 frame ending a much-needed win in front of 897 fans on Father's Day at Big Rock Stadium.
The Marlins now host the newest squad in the Coastal Plain League, the Holly Springs Salamanders on Monday night for Military Monday with first pitch starting at 7:05 p.m. For more information on the Marlins, you can find out more at mhcmarlins.com or on our twitter: @mcmarlins.
FINAL FOUR FINNS
-Noah Cummings collected a double in the 8th inning breaking a 3-40 slump to start the season.
-Following the win: "Our lineup is gonna be scary if everyone starts clicking," Campbell predicted.
-Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) collected his first double of the season during the 4th inning.
-Blake Graham has now reached base in each of his first four games with the Marlins.
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