CARY, N.C. – Gardner-Webb’s Bubbie Spake slammed a two-run home run in the first inning, giving the ‘Dogs a quick 2-0 lead, but No. 3 North Carolina answered to take a 13-2 win Wednesday night.
Spake’s shot came with two outs in the top of the first for Gardner-Webb (9-13), which lost its fourth game in a row. Jeremiah Lokken’s two-out double set the table for Spake’s third long ball of the season.
North Carolina (20-4) answered with four runs in the bottom of the second off of GWU starter Ben Campbell, and added four more in the third – one off Campbell and three off of reliever Devin Campbell – to put the game away.
Gardner-Webb managed eight hits on the night, with eight different players collecting one each. Spake (HR), Lokken (2B) and Ty Boyles (2B) had extra base knocks.
The Tar Heels rapped out 18 hits, with six doubles and a pair of home runs. Dustin Ackley went 4-for-5 and Tim Federowicz was 3-for-5 with three doubles. Tim Fedroff and Garrett Gore each had three RBI and homered in the game.
Lefty Rob Catupano (1-0) picked up the win, working 2.0 innings and allowing two runs on Spake’s long ball in the first.
Wednesday’s game was played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., due to season-long renovations to Chapel Hill’s Boshamer Stadium.
Gardner-Webb, which used eight pitchers Wednesday in a predetermined staff day on the mound, will head back to Nashville, Tenn., for a weekend series at Belmont. The three games begin Friday night, and will all be played in Greer Stadium – home of the AAA Nashville Sounds.