HARTSVILLE, S.C. – During the summer months most college students work summer jobs, travel or just relax poolside, but a pair of Coker student-athletes have decided to spend their summer improving their baseball skills. Cobra pitchers Sean Tracy (Farmingville, N.Y.) and Tyler Witzel (Melbourne, Fla.) have recently joined the ranks of the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League.
Late additions to the SwampDogs roster, both Tracy and Witzel made their first appearances of the summer in the last week.
Tracy, a right-handed senior, got the start in his first outing of the summer, going 4.1 innings allowing just one run on two hits with four strikeouts in the no decision.
Witzel, a right-handed junior and Second Team All-Conference selection, was not as fortunate in his first outing. In a relief appearance, Witzel went an inning and two-thirds allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout.
As a team, Fayetteville is currently in second place in the south division. They clinched the first-half division title with a record of 17-11 before All-Star break.
Fans can follow Tracy, Witzel and the SwampDogs progress throughout the rest of the summer by visiting www.goswampdogs.com or www.coastalplain.com.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in 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 930 alumni drafted and 44 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league web site at www.coastalplain.com.