Gardner-Webb 7, Charleston Southern 4
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Charleston Southern had its three-game Big South Conference winning streak snapped as Gardner-Webb scored four early runs and made it stand for a 7-4 win in the first game of a three-game Big South series on Friday night.
Gardner-Webb (16-13-1, 5-5 Big South) dropped Charleston Southern to 0-12 on the road this season.
CSU starter Ryan Gunther (3-4) took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Outfielder Zack Hagaman continued his hot hitting for the Buccaneers (11-18, 3-4), picking up two hits and and an RBI. Hagaman is 13-of-22 with 11 RBIs over his last five games. Chase Shelton had three hits and an RBI for CSU.
Matt Fraudin (5-2) earned the victory for Gardner-Webb. Fraudin allowed two runs in the third inning and allowed five hits in 62/3 innings.
The Bulldogs scored early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Benji Jackson’s run-scoring single. Ryan Hodge delivered a two-run double and Henry Rundio added an RBI single to give Gardner-Webb a 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Buccaneers got on the board in the third. Catcher Drew Woodall singled and moved to second on Kevin Hickey’s groundout. Bobby Ison scored Woodall with a single to right, trimming the lead to 4-1. After Alex Tomasovich walked, Hagaman singled to right, scoring Ison.
Gardner-Webb tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the third, upping the advantage to 6-2.
CSU loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs but the rally was ended with Tomasovich’s flyout to center.
The Bucs scratched a run in the top of the eighth when Shelton delivered a two-out RBI single to score Hagaman, who had reached on a single to lead off the inning.
Gardner-Webb answered the CSU score with a run of its own, upping the lead back to 7-3 after eight innings.
Game two of the series is today at 2 p.m. CSU will start Tony Schroff (4-1, 3.97 ERA), facing Gardner-Webb’s Andrew Barnett (1-1, 2.87).