CLINTON, S.C. – Gardner-Webb used four home runs to take the series opener over the Presbyterian College baseball team on Friday, 10-4, at the PC Baseball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose dropped to 21-23 overall and 9-7 in the Big South, while the Runnin' Bulldogs improve to 22-19 overall and 9-7 in the Big South.
How It Happened
PC took the early lead with a run in its first at-bat. Glen Casaceli singled to left field to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt by Brett Auckland. A groundout moved him to short and a two-out, RBI single by AJ Priaulx scored him from third to give PC the 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb answered with three runs in the top of the second. After a flyout, Danny Sullivan singled to center and Chandler Redmond reached on a hit-by-pitch, before an error allowed another to reach, loading the bases with no outs. A single by Mason Fox singled through the right side to two score and and an RBI fielder's choice scored another to give GWU the 3-1 lead.
The Blue Hose responded with two runs in the bottom half to tie the game at three. Nick Guimbarda led off the inning with a single to right and Tanner Byrd scored him from first with an RBI double to left center. Tyler Weyenberg then moved him to third with a sac bunt, before Casaceli drove him in with an RBI groundout to second to make it 3-3.
The Runnin' Bulldogs then got two runs on a pair of solo home runs in the third. Collin Thacker and Danny Sullivan hit back-to-back, two-out solo home runs to left field to give Gardner-Webb the 5-3 lead.
GWU then got four runs in the fifth, thanks to two more long balls. Mickey Dugan and Justin Kunz got back-to-back one-out singles to two aboard for Thacker. The righty hit his second home run of the game and sixth of the year with drive to left to push the lead to 8-3. Sullivan then went back-to-back again with a solo home run to left, his 14th of the year.
PC looked poised to respond in a big way in the bottom half of the inning. Weyenberg doubled down the right field line, Casaceli was hit by a pitch and Auckland reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. A 5-4-3 double play allowed a run to score to make it 9-4 but put two outs in the inning, before a flyout to center ended the inning.
Gardner-Webb tacked on a one in the ninth, as two PC errors allowed the first two in the inning to reach with Thacker coming up with an RBI single to make it 10-4.
Pitchers of Record
Zach Mosay (6-3) earned the win, going the distance in the victory and allowing four runs on 11 hits with no walks against four strikeouts.
Brian Kehner (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts against no walks in 6.0 innings of work.
- Robert Moss allowed an unearned run on just hit in 3.0 innings of relief work to close out of the game on the mound. The righty retired the first six batters he faced before an error to start the ninth allowed a runner to reach. Moss lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season with the solid work.
- Tannor Byrd was 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI on the afternoon, batting in the eight spot in the order. The freshman drove in a run and scored a run in the second inning to the tie the game at the time.
- All nine PC batters recorded at least one hit in the game, as it totaled 11 hits as a team.
PC and Gardner-Webb will meet for game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.