BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb right-handed pitcher Zach Mosay lasted all nine innings to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over UMBC on Saturday afternoon.
Mosay picked up his second win of the season, hurling all nine innings while only allowing three base hits and one earned run. The junior righty fanned eight batters and only gave up one walk.
Gardner-Webb (5-7) got of to an early start as Corey Howard drilled the first pitch he saw down the right field line for a triple. He was driven home during the next plate appearance at Mason Fox hit a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to score Howard safely.
The Retrievers (0-5) would tie the game in the top of the second inning as Hunter Dolshun would lead the inning off with a base hit and would advance to third base on an error. He would later score on a wild pitch, and UMBC would put runners on first and third with one out, but Mosay would work his way out of the jam, drawing a pop fly ball, followed by failed stolen base attempt by Chris Convers.
The two teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Matt Simmons would send the first pitch he saw well past the right field wall, scoring two runs to give the Diamond 'Dogs a 3-1 advantage.
UMBC responded in the top of the sixth as Collin Stack tripled to centerfield with one away. Stack would be the last baserunner of the day for the Retrievers, as Mosay would retire the next eleven batters. Stack would score a run on a RBI groundout by AJ Wright to set the score at 3-2.
Gardner-Webb tacked on insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings. Paul Trick would hit a bloop single to centerfield that scored Mickey Dugan in the seventh, and Howard would score on a RBI groundout by Danny Sullivan in the eighth.
Matt Chanin took the loss for UMBC, tossing 7.0 innings while allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts. Patrick Phillips tossed the eighth inning in relief, allowing one earned run.
The Runnin' Bulldogs collected seven base hits on the afternoon, led by Howard who was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, also scoring twice. Also collecting base knocks for GWU were Collin Thacker (1-for-2), Dugan (1-for-3,), Kaesmeyer (1-for-2), Trick (1-for-2, RBI) and Simmons (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI).
UMBC's three base hits came from Stack (1-for-4), Dolshun (1-for-4), and Jamie Switalski (1-for-3).
The two teams will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium, with the first pitch set for 1:00 pm. Live coverage of the game will be provided by the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).