Runnin’ Bulldogs Fall at West Virginia, 15-5, Saturday Afternoon

Corey Howard
Corey Howard

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – The Gardner-Webb baseball team fell to West Virginia by a score of 15-5 on Saturday afternoon at the Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown, W.Va.

Gardner-Webb falls to 22-26 on the season, while West Virginia improves to 29-20 overall.

The Runnin' Bulldogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Corey Howard would double down the left field line with one out in his first at-bat since suffering an injury on April 7 vs. Longwood.

Collin Thacker would follow with an infield single to advance Howard to third base and he would then score on a sacrifice fly to deep left field by Danny Sullivan.

West Virginia would respond in the bottom half of the inning as a RBI single by Kyle Davis with two outs would plate Ivan Gonzalez, who reached earlier in the frame on a walk. 

GWU would reclaim the lead in the top of the second on a RBI double to center field by Matt Simmons that scored Justin Kunz, who led off the inning with a double to left field.

The Mountaineers would tie the game once again in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI groundout by Jimmy Galusky that scored Darius Hill, who led off the frame with a double to right field.

WVU would claim the lead in the bottom of the third inning.  Davis would hit a two-run triple to right field, scoring Kyle Gray and Gonzalez who led off the inning with back-to-back base knocks. Davis would score on a RBI groundout by Jackson Cramer to give the Mountaineer a 5-2 advantage.

Gardner-Webb would trim one run from its deficit in the top of the fifth inning, as Howard would send a shot over the right field wall, his first home run of the season. 

West Virginia would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs off of reliever Isaac Campbell to set the score at 9-3. 

The Runnin' Bulldogs would score twice in the top of the sixth.  Sullivan would lead off the frame with a double to center field, followed by an infield single by Chandler Redmond and a RBI single to left field by Kunz.  Simmons would later drive in Kunz on a base hit to right field to set the score at 9-5.

The Mountaineers would tack on two additional runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back singles by Cramer and Hill. 

West Virginia would score on a sacrifice fly by Davis in the bottom of the seventh and would score three runs in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single by Chase Illig and a two-run home run to left field by Andrew Zitel to push their lead to ten runs. 

Bradley Hallman (3-5) took the loss for Gardner-Webb, allowing five runs on six base hits in four innings of work.  Isaac Campbell worked 3.0 innings in relief, allowing seven runs on six base hits, and Taylor Goodwin worked 1.0 innings, allowing three runs on three base hits. 

The Runnin' Bulldogs had 12 base hits on the afternoon, led by Howard, who was 3-for-4 with a home run and a double. 

BJ Myers (4-2) earned the win over West Virginia, tossing 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on 11 base hits.  Relievers Jackson Sigman and Riley Trout combined to allow no runs on one hit over the final 3.2 innings.

The Mountaineers tallied 15 base hits, with Gonzalez (3-for-6), Davis (3-for-3, 3B, 5-RBI), and Hill (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2-RBI) leading that effort.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.