HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs defeated the Holly Springs Salamanders 3-1 Thursday night at the North Main Athletic Complex. Tonight’s matchup saw plenty of strikeouts between the two pitching staffs with both teams combining for twenty recorded strikeouts.
Matt Cronin (Freshman, Arkansas) took the loss tonight for the Salamanders pushing his record to 0-1 on the season. Cronin tossed four innings allowing five hits and two earned runs, as well as one unearned. The SwampDogs would not score any more runs on the night after the Salamanders turned to the bullpen. Philip Sanderson (Freshman, Louisville) and Mike Mock (Sophomore, Millersville) combined to throw five innings of scoreless baseball. Sanderson lasted four innings, allowing four hits while recording five strikeouts. Mock closed out the game, going one inning and giving up two hits while striking out two.
Fayetteville’s early runs would prove too much for the Salamanders to overcome as they struggled at the plate. Griffin McLarty (Freshman, College of Charleston) continued his impressive season for Fayetteville, picking up his fourth win and improving his record to 4-0. McLarty cruised through seven innings of work while allowing fours hits and notching eight strikeouts. His lone earned run allowed came in the third inning off the bat on a Dalton Hoiles (Junior, Shippensburg) solo home run. Justice Sampson (Sophomore, NC Central) came on for the save. Sampson pitched two scoreless innings of baseball, allowing one hit and striking out one.
The Salmander hitters were only able to record five hits on the night while being sat down nine times on strikeouts. Hoiles was the leading hitter on the night, going 2-4 adding a single in addition to his fifth home run on the year. Also in the hit column tonight were Cory Wood (Freshman, Coastal Carolina), Adam Sisk (Junior, James Madison) and Caleb Potter (Junior, Southern New Hampshire), each with one hit apiece.
Holly Springs looks to bounce back tomorrow night at home as they host the Peninsula Pilots at 7:00 p.m.
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