HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Gardner-Webb scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat Charleston Southern, 4-3, today, eliminating the Bucs from the Big South baseball tournament.
The eighth-seeded Bucs end the season at 20-36 and lost two close games in the tournament, falling by 9-8 to No. 1 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.
“Our kids played hard,” said coach Stuart Lake. “Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end for the second day in a row.”
CSU led by 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 McReady, who shut out the Bulldogs through the first six innings.
Benji Jackson hit a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2. 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 Walt Quattlebaum’s solo home run, but G-W reliever Jeff Howell struck out two batters to end the game.
McReady (4-6) went 6-1/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.