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Gardner-Webb Raps Out 14 Hits To Top Radford, 8-2, Saturday
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          Release: May 05, 2012
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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C - Reliever Mitch Warner hurled five shutout innings and Gardner-Webb used a four-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 win over Radford Saturday afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.

Gardner-Webb (27-21, 9-8 Big South) won its fifth conference game in a row and collected 14 hits in the process.

Warner (6-1) came to the mound with his team trailing 2-1 in the fifth, and went to work on the Highlanders' batters. The Chambersburg, Pa., freshman scattered three hits and struck out four in a solid appearance. It was Warner's fourth relief win in the past two weeks.

Gardner-Webb surged in front for good in the bottom of the fifth, collecting five hits to power a four-run rally.

Dusty Quattlebaum provided the big blow, belting a two-run double off the fence in left center to drive home Henry Rundio and Hodge - then Scott Coleman ripped a single up the middle to drive home Quattlebaum for a 4-2 lead.

A single by John Harris and a walk to Brad Collins loaded the bases, and Adam McFarland's line drive sacrifice fly to center was enough to score Coleman for the 5-2 edge.

Brad Collins hammered a solo home to the opposite field with one out in the seventh to push the lead to 6-2.  Rundio led off the eighth inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI knock from Ryan Hodge for a 7-2 lead. Hodge then scored from third on an error for the final margin.

Gardner-Webb got a run in the bottom of the first to go on top in its first at bat, but saw Radford (25-20, 10-7 Big South) rally with single runs in the third and fourth to take its first lead of the game.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got a double from Hodge with one out in the first, and Scott Coleman singled through the left side to drive Hodge home for the early lead. Back-to-back walks with two outs loaded the bases for Gardner-Webb, but Highlanders' starter Tyler Costello got out of the jam with a grounder to first base.

Radford finally got on track in the top of the third, getting an RBI single from Matt Mack to tie the game. A leadoff double in fourth from Ryan Burgess proved fruitful for the Highlanders, as Daniel Wright lined a single into left to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

The score remained the same until Gardner-Webb's rally in the bottom of the fifth.

Andrew Barnett pitched 4.0 innings and allowed just one earned run in a no decision start for the Runnin' Bulldogs before giving way to Warner's masterful relief effort.

Hodge (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 runs, RBI), Rundio (2-for-5, 2 runs), Quattlebaum (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Coleman (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Benji Jackson (2-for-4) each had multiple hits to power Gardner-Webb's 14-hit attack on offense.

Costello (7-2) was tagged with just his second loss of the season, allowing five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work (two strikeouts). Keith Fritz came on to close out the game, hurling 3.2 innings, scattering five hits and giving up two earned runs.

Radford had 11 hits on the afternoon, with Mollenhauer (2-for-5), Mack (2-for-4, RBI), Burgess (2-for-4) and Wright (2-for-4, RBI) leading that effort.

Gardner-Webb and Radford will play the third game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 pm. GWU will honor seniors Zeke Blanton (Forest City, N.C.), Brandon Boling (Lexington, Ky.), Adam Izokovic (Shelby, N.C.), Adam McFarland (Boiling Springs, N.C.) and Dusty Quattlebaum (Boiling Springs, N.C.) prior to first pitch.



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