Mar 10, 2017
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Gardner-Webb baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against ETSU on Friday afternoon.
Gardner-Webb (5-11) lost the first game by a score of 19-4 and fell to ETSU (9-5) by a narrow 5-4 decision in the nightcap.
ETSU would score seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to propel itself to a 19-4 win in the first game.
The Runnin' Bulldogs would strike first, as Mason Fox would hit a solo shot to left field, his fourth home run of the season, in the top of the second inning to give GWU an early 1-0 lead.
The Buccaneers would tie the game in the bottom half of the frame on a RBI groundout and would seize control of the contest in the third, scoring seven runs on six base hits.
Gardner-Webb would push three runs across the plate in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI groundout and two singles to set the score at 8-4.
ETSU would score two runs in the bottom of the fourth, as well as three runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to score a total of 19 runs.
GWU had six base hits in the contest, led by Matt Simmons who was 2-for-2 with one RBI.
ETSU collected 18 base hits, with Chris Cook, Christian Bailey, and Blake Rowlett each having three hits.
Ryan Simpler earned the win for the Buccaneers, hurling 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts, while allowing one earned run.
Wil Sellers was saddled with the loss, allowing 10 earned runs with one strikeout in 4.0 innings of work.
Gardner-Webb scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the comeback attempt fell short as the Runnin' Bulldogs fell to ETSU in game two of today's doubleheader.
Freshman Jacob Whitley would hit a three-run home run, the first home run of his collegiate career, to pull GWU within one run with two outs in the final frame, but reliever Peyton Taylor would come in to strike out pinch hitter Chandler Redmond to end the game.
Gardner-Webb would score the first run of the game in the top of the second after a sacrifice fly by Mickey Dugan would send Danny Sullivan across the plate.
Both teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when ETSU would score the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
The Buccaneers would take the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single by Hagen Owensby, followed by a three-run home run by Aaron Maher.
GWU had six base knocks throughout the game.
ETSU collected nine hits, led by Chris Cook and Owensby, who each had two hits.
Jamin McCann earned the win for ETSU, lasting 8.2 innings, allowing three earned runs with nine strikeouts. Taylor came in to record the final out to earn the save.
Zach Mosay took the loss for Gardner-Webb, hurling 7.0 innings, fanning three batters while allowing four earned runs.
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.