CHARLESTON, S.C. – All but one Charleston Southern (13-24, 5-6) starter had at least one hit in the ball game, but it wasn’t enough as Gardner-Webb (19-17, 4-7) held on for a 14-11 victory on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
Austin Weekley (1-4) took the loss for the Bucs in relief of CSU starter Charlie McCready. Weekley went just 2/3 of an inning allowing two runs, both unearned.
Gardner-Webb’s Brock Wilson (4-2) was the winner in relief. He replaced starter Connor Scarborough who went four innings while allowing five runs on 11 hits.
Wilson tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief work, allowing one run on two hits. He also struck out two and walked two.
Adam Izokovic came on to work a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save of the season.
Charleston Southern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Nick Berry collected a two-out RBI single that brought home Chase Shelton, and freshman Robbie Streett followed with a double into the left field corner that scored Walt Quattlebaum before Berry was thrown out at home plate trying to score from first.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs would quickly respond. Scott Johnson singled to start the inning but was forced out at second on a Henry Rundio fielder’s choice for the first out. After Danny Yelverton singled past a diving Alex Tomasovich, lead-off man Ryan Hodge launched a double to left field that would score both Rundio and Yelverton to tie the game at two each.
GWU would take their first lead of game when Dusty Quattlebaum led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homerun to right field off of McCready. McCready finished the ball game allowing five runs on seven hits, three walks and one strikeout in five innings of work.
Trailing 4-2, CSU would re-capture the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Walt Quattlebaum singled down the left field line and Berry promptly tied the game with a two-run blast, just to the right of the scoreboard that knotted the game 2-2. Streett would single and move to second on a Bobby Ison groundout to second and then score when Jaren Sustar took a Scarborough pitch thru the middle for a single, making it 5-4 in favor of the Bucs.
After each team put one run on the board in the fifth inning, including Blake Hunt’s first homerun of the year for CSU, Gardner-Webb would take the lead for good in the sixth with three unearned runs.
The Bucs would rally with two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Shelton started the inning with a single. Walt Quattlebaum would launch his third homerun of the year and second in two days over the left field wall cutting the lead to 13-8.
Tomasovich would double in two runs in the bottom of the eighth and Walt Quattlebaum would add a sacrifice fly in the same inning that trimmed the deficit down to 13-11.
GWU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Hodge took a Matt Witt pitch out of the park to right field.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were paced by the first three batters in their order. Hodge, Coleman and John Harris combined for eight hits and nine RBI on the afternoon.
Sustar and Tomasovich led the Bucs offensively with three hits each. Walt Quattlebaum and Hunt each added three RBI and two base hits each.
The same two teams will take the field tomorrow for the rubber match in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.Related Item: Box Score