BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb was only able to get three base hits Sunday afternoon, falling to visiting Appalachian State by a 5-1 score in the weekend series finale.
GWU (2-6) had three base hits and had three additional base runners reach via walk, but was only able to push one runner across the plate, stranding five throughout the day.
Appalachian State (4-3) collected 12 base hits throughout the afternoon.
Both teams were scoreless until the top half of the fourth inning when an RBI single by Brian Bauk drove in Chandler Seagle, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb would answer in the bottom half of the frame. Mason Fox would hit a base knock up the middle, followed by a double by Collin Thacker, putting runners at second and third with one out. Danny Sullivan would be hit by the first pitch of the following plate appearance to load the bases. Chandler Redmond would step up to the plate next, sending a fly ball deep enough into centerfield to score Fox to tie the game at 1-1.
The only other base hit for the Diamond 'Dogs would come in the bottom of the fifth when Luke Kasemeyer led off the frame with a single to centerfield.
The Mountaineers would reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth when Bauk drove in Matt Vernon on an RBI double to right field.
Appalachian State would take a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning after a RBI single to left field by Will Herman, and would tack on two additional runs in the top of the ninth.
Luke Watts earned the win for App State, lasting 7.0 innings with seven strikeouts. Will Herman and Matt Brill each pitched one inning in relief.
Bradley Hallman was saddled with the loss for Gardner-Webb, hurling 6.0 innings with four strikeouts, allowing two earned runs. Jarrett Thompson tossed 2.1 innings in relief, fanning two batters while allowing two earned runs. Aaron Stewart and Taylor Goodwin each recorded one out in the ninth.
The Runnin' Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening, hosting No. 25 Wright State. The first pitch is set for 5:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium.