Fayetteville, N.C. - - - Trailing 8-0, the Morehead City Marlins responded with five unanswered runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings; however, the Marlins fell to the host Fayetteville SwampDogs by a final score of 8-5 from J.P. Riddle Stadium Wednesday evening. The Fish were held without a run through seven innings of action for the first time in the 2017 campaign.
Morehead City is now 13-13 overall, while Fayetteville improves to 14-10. The Marlins have an off-day tomorrow before returning to the friendly confines of Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium, hosting back-to-back games versus the Wilson Tobs Friday evening (6/30) and Wilmington Saturday night (7/1). Both first pitches are slated for a 7:05 p.m. start with all the play-by-play action being called live on the CPL Webpass. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on the Marlins Radio Network.
MHC first baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) led the Marlins' bats with a 1-for-5 effort at the plate with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Designated hitter Will Matthiessen (Stanford) was 1-for-5 with a double and one run scored. Shortstop Chandler Corley (Armstrong State) and left fielder Derek Olenchuk (Newberry) each contributed a 1-for-3 effort at the plate.
For Fayetteville, left fielder Andrew Henrickson (East Carolina) topped the SwampDogs offensive charts, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while first baseman Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Catcher Michael Farnell (Murray State) posted a 1-for-3 mark with two RBIs on a two-run homer.
The SwampDogs jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the second inning when center fielder Jonathan Allen (San Francisco) tripled and scored on a wild pitch to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. Fayetteville never trailed from this point forward.
Fayetteville added two more runs in the bottom frame of the fourth inning on a two-run shot from Farnell to stretch the lead out to 3-0 followed by three runs in the fifth inning. The fifth frame was highlighted by a two-run double from Newman to extend the advantage out to 6-0.
Morehead City trailed 8-0 entering the top of the eighth inning before the Marlins got on the board with a trio of scores to cut the deficit down to 8-3. The scoring flurry began with Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) scoring on an error by the pitcher followed by a RBI single from Mike Warren (Armstrong State) to make it an 8-2 contest. Matthiessen later scored on a fielder's choice to put the Malrins within five runs.
The Marlins would continue to fight on the offensive side in the top of the ninth inning when Podkul drilled his fifth home run of the season on a two-run blast to trim the margin down to 8-5. SwampDogs right-handed reliever Ricky Heagarty (Austin Peay) then struck out the side to secure the victory for Fayetteville.
SwampDogs starting righty Nick Ernst (Miami Ohio) got the win, improving to 3-1 overall. Marlins starting right-handed pitcher Nick Gobert (Southern Indiana) took the loss, falling to 0-1. Ernst tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and posted five strikeouts. MHC lefty Kip DeShields (Youngstown State) led the Marlins pitching staff, tossing two frames of scoreless relief with no hits allowed and two strikeouts.