Fayetteville, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (2-1) picked up their second win of the year at J.P. Riddle Stadium with a final score of 6-2 over the Fayetteville SwampDogs (0-2).
A leadoff homerun off the bat of Willis McDaniel gave the SwampDogs an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The Marlins answered back when Will Johnson (East Kentucky) singled down the right field line, allowing Riley Campbell (Toledo) to score and tie the game in the top of third inning. Danton Hyman (Newberry College) then stole third and an errant throw into the outfield allowed Hyman to dart home and give the Marlins a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning, Chaston Gordon (Pfieffer) laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Alex Pimentel (Southwestern Oklahoma) from third, pushing the Marlins lead to three. Campbell single up the middle brought home William Mapes (North Georgia).
Jacob Thiessen (South Carolina Upstate) moved his record to 1-0 on the year posting a five inning, three hit, one run and two strikeout performance.
Zach Keenan (Middle Tennessee) came on with one runner in place in the bottom of the sixth inning and needed only seven pitches to record three outs. Keenan recorded four strikeouts in bottom of eighth, with one of the punch-outs reaching base on a dropped third strike.
The ninth inning proved to be a little troubled for Sawyer Gipson-Long (Mercer), who gave up a late run to move the score to 6-2. The righty battled back and secured the team's first road win by striking out the side as the Morehead City Marlins move their win streak to two in a row.
Team Records: Morehead City (2-1), Fayetteville (0-2)
News & Notes:
- The Marlins pitching staff continues to throw well on the bump, not allowing more than two runs in two straight games and striking out 29 batters in those two outings combined.
- Hyman has moved his stolen base total to 8 bags on the year, adding a Marlin single-game record 4 against the SwampDogs.
- The Marlins scored a season-high 6 runs against the SwampDogs.
- The season series with Fayetteville now sits at 1-0 on the season.
The Marlins will head to Holly Springs for a Sunday night contest at Ting Park with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 p.m.