Gardner-Webb baseball falls at No. 13 North Carolina
Gardner-Webb dropped a 7-1 decision at No. 13 North Carolina Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tar Heels (12-4) plated four runs in the first to take control of the game, and added a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth for the final margin. First pitch was moved up three hours to 1 p.m. to avoid expected wet weather in the Triangle.
Gardner-Webb (6-10) had its three-game win streak snapped. The two teams will meet again on May 13 in Shelby, N.C., with Gardner-Webb hosting the Tar Heels at Keeter Stadium (6 p.m.)
The Runnin’ Bulldogs trimmed North Carolina’s lead to 4-1 with a run in the second inning, but couldn’t catch up further. Ryan Hodge drove home Jacob Walker with an RBI single in that frame.
Korey Dunbar’s three-run double was the big blow for the Tar Heels in the first. Parks Jordan added an RBI single to spark the quick start. North Carolina got a two-run home run in the fifth from Alex Raburn and added a run on an infield single in the sixth.
Hunter Smith (2-1) took the loss for Gardner-Webb, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks through 2.0 innings of work. Beau Hilton came on to work 4.0 innings in relief, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Brad Haymes and Easton Welch each tossed an inning each without allowing a run.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs had five hits on the day, with Hodge (2-for-2, RBI, 2 SB) leading the way. Alex Newman (1-for-1), Jacob Walker (1-for-1, run) and Sam Fulginiti (1-for-3) also collected singles for Gardner-Webb.
Luis Paula (1-0) hurled six innings and struck out nine for the Tar Heels, picking up his first win of the season. Paula scattered four singles and walked two while allowing one run. Four North Carolina relievers combined to hold Gardner-Webb scoreless over the final three innings.
North Carolina managed just nine hits, with Landon Lassiter (2-for-2, 2 runs), Raburn (2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI) and Jordan (2-for-4, run, RBI) each collecting two safeties. Raburn and Dunbar combined to drive in six of the Tar Heels’ seven runs in the game.
Gardner-Webb will begin Big South Conference action this weekend, hosting Winthrop at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field.