Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Wilmington, NC – The Fayetteville SwampDogs blanked the Sharks Saturday night at the Shark Tank for their fifth consecutive loss. Wilmington was held scoreless for just the third time all season – the last time being a month ago to the date against the Wilson Tobs.
Fayetteville's offense struck early in often Saturday night, picking up their first run in the top of the first inning following two errors by the Sharks defense. Three more SwampDogs runs would cross in the visiting half of the second inning, by way of three Fayetteville hits.
On the evening, Haswell would strike out three batters, allowing four runs on three hits.
Joe O'Donnell was brought out in relief of Haswell and Manore in the top of the sixth, making his second appearance out of the bullpen and tenth overall appearance. O'Donnell struggled in this role, allowing five earned runs in the frame off three hits, one walk, and two hit batsmen.
Matthew Vogel, Will Shepley, and Kyler Stout pitched in the seventh, eight, and ninth respectively and shut down the SwampDogs. Vogel would face four batters and strike out three while Shepley would face four batters and strike out two.
In the ninth, Kyler Stout was able to tally four strikeouts in the inning after a dropped strike three allowed Chase Edwards to reach safely. Stout would then allow a walk before retiring the next three batters on strikes.
Offensively, the Sharks got hits from Nate Moorhouse, Steven Linkous, Mike Montville, Cam McRae, and Tyler Best. Joe DeVito would be the only Shark to be walked, and he was walked two times.
The Sharks and SwampDogs will conclude the series in Fayetteville on Monday night. Fayetteville will enter the contest with a 7-4 advantage in the series. The Sharks return home Tuesday to host three straight home games – Tuesday against Peninsula, Wednesday against Wilson, and Thursday against Florence.