Gardner-Webb (20-13-1, 6-9 Big South) has dropped six of its last seven games and four in a row. The 'Dogs will return home this week for a four-game homestand that begins Tuesday night against Furman in John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field at 6:00 pm.
Coastal Carolina (24-12, 10-2 Big South) has swept three league opponents in a row.
After Tommy La Stella homered to put the Chanticleers up 1-0 in the first, Aaron Miller tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the second, which followed a double by Scott Coleman and a single by Jake Watts.
Coastal Carolina would rally from there, pushing across six runs and sending 11 men to the plate in the third inning. The Chants were walked four times and hit by a pitch once in the frame, which helped fuel the rally. Rich Witten doubled in two of the walks, Tucker Frawley drew a bases loaded walk to drive in a run and - after an error - Scott Woodward doubled to push the lead to 7-1.
Gardner-Webb responded with four runs on three doubles in the top of the fourth, trimming the lead to 7-5. Dusty Quattlebaum doubled to lead off the inning, Coleman singled to move him to third and Jake Watts drove in the team's second run of the game with a fielder's choice ground ball. Miller doubled home Coleman to trim the lead to 7-3, chasing CCU starter Jim Birmingham from the game. John Harris then lined a two-run double off the wall in center to cut the lead to 7-5 with two outs, but Coastal reliever Matt Laney came on to end the rally with a strikeout.
The Chanticleers plated two insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 10-5, added two more runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to complete their offensive production for the day.
Matt Sapp and Ryan Allen singled in the seventh to spark a brief rally for Gardner-Webb, with Sapp later scoring on a passed ball and Allen - who collected his first career hit with his single - scoring on an RBI grounder by Coleman.
Miller and Coleman each had two of Gardner-Webb's nine hits in the game. Brett Stackhouse (1-2) took the loss in his first start of the season, which came when GWU's scheduled starter was held out Sunday due to an illness. Stackhouse allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings, striking out one, walking five and scattering three hits.
Taylor Motter paced CCU with three hits, as the Chanticleers had 11 on the day. Laney picked up the win in relief, working 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.