Spartanburg, S.C. – The Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs scored five runs with two outs in the first inning as they defeated USC Upstate 8-2 in non-conference action at Harley Park on Wednesday evening.
Gardner-Webb improves to 20-15 while USC Upstate falls to 16-19-1.
- Top 1st – Corey Howard reached on a walk with two outs and advanced to third on an Eric Jones single. Howard scored on Chris Clary's push bunt single, with Jones scoring on a base hit by Luke Kaesmeyer. The Runnin' Bulldogs took a 5-0 lead on a three-run home run by Chandler Redmond.
- Top 2nd – The Runnin' Bulldogs scored two runs on sacrifice flies.
- Bottom 4th – Charlie Carpenter led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Carpenter scored on a Toran Shahidi double.
- Top 5th – Clary led off the inning with a home run.
- Bottom 8th – Russell Schwertfeger opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Schwertfeger advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a Mason Stewart infield single.
- Carpenter went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored.
- Shahidi went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.
- Stewart went 1-for-4 with a single and RBI.
- Schwertfeger went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored.
- Kyle Gensler and Jake Bourke each had a single.
- Jones, Redmond, Clary, Kaesmeyer, Mason Fox and Taber Mongero each had two hits to lead Gardner-Webb.
- USC Upstate left 13 runners on base while Gardner-Webb stranded 10 baserunners.
- Aaron Stewart (2-0) earned the win as he allowed one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
- Will Hardigree (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 2.0 innings.
- Will Wheeler, Grant Hoppock and Trey Van Der Weide combined for four scoreless innings of relief.
- USC Upstate faces NJIT in an ASUN Conference series this weekend beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.
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