MOREHEAD CITY. – Morehead City's (20-5) pitching staff recorded their second shutout of the season as the Marlins defeated the Fayetteville SwampDogs (13-12), 6-0, on Saturday night to close the best first-half in franchise history.
Starting pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long recorded his best outing of the summer. The sophomore threw seven complete innings, striking out a season-high 10 batters, while not surrendering a walk or run. The SwampDogs notched just four hits off Gipson-Long and had only one player reach as far as third base.
The Marlins offense got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning after Fayetteville's starter plunked Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) and surrendered three-consecutive hits. Bryce Delevie's (Columbus State) single to right field brought home Hunter Shepherd (Catawba College) and Luke Shadid (Bradley University) to give the Marlins their third and fourth runs of the game.
Brendan Dougherty (Bradley University) yanked a one-out single to right field in the bottom of the third. Delevie then reached on an infield error and William Mapes (North Georgia) drew a walk to load the bases. Riley Campbell (University of Toledo) notched his sixth RBI of the summer with a sacrifice fly to right field to extend the lead to 5-0.
With one out in the sixth inning Lewis took a pitch to the opposite field outfield wall and easily reached second, but saw the throw coming in to second late, and darted to third base safely. A groundout in the following at bat from Dominick Cammarata (UNC-Charlotte) brought Lewis into score for the second time and give the Marlins a 6-0 advantage.
Gipson-Long handed the ball off to Austin Dickey (University of Louisville) in the eighth and after allowing a leadoff walk would record three-straight pop outs. Evan Lumbert (Florida Gulf Coast) was the third pitcher of the night and posted a pair of strikeouts to secure win No. 20 of the season.
Team Records: Morehead City (20-5), Fayetteville (13-12)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City improves to 20-5 overall and 9-3 record at home, remaining in first place of the CPL and in the East division.
- The Marlins are 19-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
- When scoring more than three runs Morehead City is also 19-0.
- The Marlins are 6-1 when playing on Saturday nights
- Sawyer Gipson-Long notched his second win of the summer.
- Dougherty posted his best offensive night of the season with three singles, an RBI and run scored.
- Morehead City is now 6-0 against Fayetteville this season.
The Marlins head to Wilmington to begin the second-half against the Sharks for the eighth time this season tomorrow at 6:05 p.m.