HIGH POINT, N.C. – Danny Sullivan hit two home runs to drive in five runs to propel Gardner-Webb to a 7-2 victory over High Point in Big South Conference action on Saturday evening.
Sullivan was 2-for-2 at the plate, with a two-run home run in the fifth and a three-run blast in the ninth to seal the game. The senior left fielder was also walked three times throughout the game for a perfect 1.000 on-base percentage for the night. Sullivan now leads Gardner-Webb in home runs with eight throughout the season.
High Point (12-14, 2-6 Big South) had seven hits, led by Carson Jackson (2-for-4, HR) and Blake Schunk (2-for-4, run).
The Runnin' Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead out of the gate as Thacker hit a RBI double to center field, scoring Mickey Dugan who singled to right field earlier in the frame.
Gage Parham would connect with a solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning to give GWU a 2-0 advantage. It was the first career long ball for the senior from Granite Falls, N.C.
The Panthers would answer in the bottom of the fourth as Jackson would lead off the frame with a solo home run to trim Gardner-Webb's lead to 2-1.
The Diamond 'Dogs would expand their lead in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run blast sent well past the left field wall by Sullivan to go up by a 4-1 score.
High Point would score once in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Austin Zente to pull within two runs at 4-2.
Gardner-Webb sealed the contest in the top of the ninth, plating three runs with two outs to lead 7-2. Howard and Thacker connected with back-to-back singles, followed by Sullivan's second home run of the night to left field.
Bradley Hallman earned the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs, hurling 7.0 innings, allowing just one earned run while scattering five base hits. The right-handed junior fanned four batters and issued just two walks. Wil Sellers tossed the final 1.1 innings to earn the save.
Drew Daczkowski took the loss for High Point, allowing four runs in 7.0 innings of work with seven strikeouts.
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm, with live video on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).