HIGH POINT, N.C. — Gardner-Webb scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat Charleston Southern, 4-3, eliminating the Bucs from the Big South baseball tournament Wednesday.
The eighth-seeded Bucs end the season at 20-36 and lost two close games in the tournament, falling 9-8 to No. 1 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.
“Our kids played hard,” said CSU coach Stuart Lake. “Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end for the second day in a row.”
CSU led 2-0 after six innings, scoring in the second on Walt Quattlebaum’s RBI single and in the fifth on a double by Bobby Ison and a triple by Jaren Sustar.
But fourth-seeded Gardner-Webb (31-27) came back in the seventh against CSU starter Charlie McCready (4-6), who shut out the Bulldogs through the first six innings.
McCready struck out five over 61/3 innings, allowing four runs — two earned.
Benji Jackson hit a two-run double to tie the game at 2. The Bulldogs went ahead on Adam Tiller’s run-scoring single and a bases-loaded walk.
CSU cut it to 4-3 in the ninth on Quattlebaum’s solo home run, but Gardner-Webb reliever Jeff Howell struck out two batters to end the game.