LEXINGTON, VA. -- Charleston Southern was eliminated from the Big South Conference baseball tournament with a 5-0 loss to Gardner-Webb on Friday at Gray-Minor Stadium.
The third-seeded Buccaneers (29-30) were unable to generate any offense against starter Connor Scarborough (7-2) or Jeff Howell of the fifth-seeded Bulldogs. Scarborough limited the Bucs to six hits and three walks, while Howell went three perfect innings, striking out two.
Walt Quattlebaum was 2 for 4 for the Buccaneers, who had the team's only extra-base hit with a double in the fourth inning.
Ali Williams (2-2) held the Bulldogs without a hit through the first four innings, and he didn't give up a run until the top of the sixth. He finished with six strikeouts, while giving up two earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Brantley Meier,
Jaren Sustar, Nick Chinners and Matt Still each had a hit for the Bucs.
Gardner-Webb took a 2-0 lead in the sixth on an RBI single by Dusty Quattlebaum and a suicide squeeze by Adam McFarland.
The Bulldogs pulled away with an RBI double by Aaron Miller in the eighth off Charlie McCready and run-scoring singles by Zeke Blanton and Daniel Merck in the ninth.
Benji Jackson, Jake Watts and Aaron Miller had two hits each to pace Gardner-Webb.