Slow Start Hurts the Fayetteville SwampDogs

Fayetteville, NC July 28, 2013 – The Fayetteville SwampDogs suffered their sixth loss of the second half in an 8-2 game at home against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms.

Fayetteville SwampDogs BaseballRandy Hair (Brunswick CC) made his first start on the mound and it was not one he will want to remember anytime soon. Hair went four innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) and six walks.

Before the SwampDogs could come to the plate, the HiToms tacked on five runs on four free passes and three singles. Robbie Streett (Charleston Southern) hit his first sacrifice bunt of the season and Kyle Martin (South Carolina) hit a two-RBI single in the first.

That was all the offense the HiToms would need. Jared Allen (Middle Tennessee) finished the evening with three walks and three runs scored and Champ Rowland (College of Charleston) had three hits and three RBIs.

Tyler Tew (Southeastern CC) made his first appearance for the Dogs and he threw an impressive four innings of relief. He did not allow a hit or a run. He also tossed two strikeouts to close out the fifth inning and his only mistake of the game was walking Rowland.

Brian Celsi (California) drove in his 29th RBI of the year in a bases loaded situation and Ryan Busch (Georgetown) made the game 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Rowland would answer with two RBIs of his own in the next frame and the offense stopped in the fourth inning.

Michael Timm (Wright State) made his first CPL appearance as well after playing as the designated hitter on Sunday night. He faced four batters in the ninth inning and allowed one hit and he struck out Rowland who had a 3-for-3 night entering the at-bat. Timm threw a high-70s fastball and a hard slider.

The SwampDogs will wrap up their five-game home stand Monday night against the Sharks at 7:05 p.m.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 63 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.