GWU baseball drops first game

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

Two unearned runs in the first proved costly for Gardner-Webb Sunday, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs lost their first game of the season, 5-3, to Morehead State.

Morehead State (4-4) scored more runs Sunday than it had in the previous three games of the series combined, sparked by a three-run first inning. Gardner-Webb (5-1-1) rallied to tie the game in the fifth, but saw the Eagles score twice more in the sixth for the winning margin.

The Eagles took advantage of a leadoff walk and a fielding error to get started in the first. Duran Elmore drew the free pass, moved to second on a sacrifice attempt that turned into a bunt single and moved to third on a double steal attempt that resulted in the first out of the inning on a throw to successful throw to second base.

Elmore trotted home on an RBI grounder that turned into an error and allowed Chris Robinson to reach safely. A single to center by Kane Sweeney turned into the inning’s second out, as Gardner-Webb center fielder JJ Nazzaro cut down Robinson trying to take third base. Bobby Burns was hit by a pitch to put two men on, and Alan Mocahbee poked a two-run single into right field to drive in a pair of unearned runs.

Gardner-Webb starter Brock Wilson got out of the jam without further damage, and settled in to retire 12 batters in a row after a leadoff error in the second to keep the Runnin’ Bulldogs within striking distance.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs will hit the road to take on North Carolina A&T at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


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