Boiling Springs, N.C. – Gardner-Webb scored five runs in the first four innings as the Runnin' Bulldogs claimed a 6-3 win over USC Upstate on Wednesday at John Henry Moss Stadium.
Gardner-Webb improves to 17-14 overall while USC Upstate drops to 15-15-1.
- Bottom 1st – Mason Fox opened the inning with a single and scored on a Corey Howard base hit.
- Bottom 2nd – Taber Mongero reached on a two-out walk and scored on a two-run Ben LaSpaluto home run.
- Bottom 3rd – Mickey Dugan led off the inning with a single and scored on a groundout.
- Bottom 4th – Chris Clary led off the inning with a single and scored on a Fox single.
- Top 6th – Charlie Carpenter led off the inning with a double. After Kyle Gensler was hit by a pitch, Carpenter and Gensler advanced a base thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Carpenter scored USC Upstate's first run of the game on a groundout.
- Bottom 7th – Howard reached on a double with one out, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout.
- Top 8th – Carpenter worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a Gensler single and scored on a Jake Bourke single.
- Top 9th – Mason Stewart walked to start the inning and scored on a Gensler two-out single. The Spartans loaded the bases with two outs and had the go-ahead run at the plate before a strikeout ended the game.
- Gensler went 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI.
- Bourke went 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI.
- Pat Raiff finished 2-for-4 with two singles.
- Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
- Howard went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and a run scored to lead Gardner-Webb.
- Fox and Dugan each had two hits.
- Aaron Stewart (1-0) earned the win as he scattered five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
- Jarrett Thompson (5) recorded the save as he struck out two batters in 1.0 innings of work.
- Trey Van Der Weide (2-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
- USC Upstate stranded 12 baserunners while Gardner-Webb left five baserunners.
- USC Upstate travels to North Florida for an ASUN series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.
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