Fayetteville, N.C.—The Morehead City Marlins (18-21, 7-7) were leading early, but a furious comeback over the final three innings put an end to a season-high six game winning streak on Monday night as the Marlins fell 10-4 to the Fayetteville SwamDogs in a rather competitive contest at J.P. Riddle Stadium.
Entering the bottom of the 7th inning with a one-run lead, 4-3, Keller Bradford (ULM) allowed a game-tying leadoff home run to Sky Overton before the SwampDogs delivered a pair of two-out doubles taking their first lead of the night, 5-4. After jumping out early, overcoming an earlier rally in the middle innings, Dean Loucka (Felician) entered out of the bullpen. But from there, the SwampDogs exploded with a five-run 8th inning featuring five hits in the frame. The Marlins got the first two runners on base in the 9th inning but could not mount a late comeback.
The Marlins allowed 16 hits on the night, dropping to 10-3 in games when leading after six innings. Zach Reid (Tennessee) cleaned up the mess in the final frame delivering 0.2 scoreless outs of relief in place for Loucka. Entering Monday night's game, the bullpen had allowed just two earned runs over the last 22.2 innings of work but timely SwampDogs hitting erased that recent success on Monday night.
Daniel McCrary (North Georgia) made his second start of the season, lasting into the 5th inning before being replaced. McCrary was cruising through 1.2 innings of work before the SwampDogs rallied for two runs in the frame, both runners being advanced on passed balls before KiJana Madden cut into the Marlins lead, making it 3-2 in the frame. McCrary finished the rather effective start allowing just one earned run in 4.0 innings of work, striking out four while walking three. Andrew Burnick (Penn) was then solid in his first relief outing of the year, pitching in his first game since last appearing on July 15 in a win over the Wilson Tobs, recording two scoreless innings of work allowing just one hit while striking out two.
Matt Collins (Texas A&M) gave the Marlins some immediate cushion as his one-out RBI single made it 4-3 in the top of the 6th inning. Collins eventually stole second in the frame, earning his team-high 19th stolen base of the season before being retired at third on a strikeout from Cammarata. In fact, the Marlins took an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the first as Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) delivered an RBI single, extending his team-high totals to 24 RBI's on the season. Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) collected one of his two hits on the night, a RBI single in the first inning, ensuring his 9th multi-hit game of the season. All but two starters recorded hits on the night, but the Marlins left eight runners on base including a bases-loaded situation with nobody out in the 4th inning.
Following tonight's loss, the Marlins return to Big Rock Stadium on Tuesday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. hosting the East Division rival Peninsula Pilots. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins, continue to explore our website www.mhcmarlins.com, follow our social media accounts on Twitter @mhcmarlins, Instagram @mhcmarlins along with our new Snapchat account @mhcmarlins and make sure to like our Team Page on Facebook!
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