RADFORD, Va. - Gardner-Webb used a three-run double in the third inning from Dusty Quattlebaum to take the lead for good, and put Sunday's game away with a six-run eighth inning to take a 12-2 win at Radford.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (28-13, 12-9 Big South) moved into third place in the Big South Conference standings with the win, and won their eighth game in a row - including six-straight in league play.
Radford (25-18, 10-8 Big South) went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, as Gardner-Webb starter Emilio Pagan experienced early control problems with two walks - one which came home on Matt Mack's RBI single. Pagan got out of a bases-loaded jam, however, and his offense would provide plenty of support.
Quattlebaum's two-out, three-run double was the game's big blow for Gardner-Webb, and came after a Radford fielding error allowed Jake Watts to reach and load the bases. Quattlebaum drove a 2-1 pitch to centerfield for his third double of the series and Gardner-Webb never looked back.
A sacrifice fly by Scott Coleman pushed the lead to 4-1 in the fourth, Adam McFarland had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch to expand the lead to 6-1 in the fifth, and the 'Dogs would put the game away with its six-run burst in the eighth.
Coleman's RBI double drove in Aaron Miller, Benji Jackson singled to drive in Coleman and Quattlebaum followed with his seventh RBI of the series with a single through the right side for a 9-1 edge. McFarland capped the rally with a two-run double, then scored on a wild pitch and ensuing throwing error at third for a 12-1 score.
Radford plated a run in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out triple by Ryan Burgess, but would not make any more noise.
Pagan (3-1) continued his emergence as a solid starter in the weekend rotation, allowing just three hits and one run in 8.0 strong innings. The Simpsonville, S.C., sophomore fanned five batters in the game. Adam Izokovic pitched the ninth for Gardner-Webb and had a pair of strikeouts.
The 'Dogs collected 11 hits in the game, with Jackson (2-for-5, RBI), Quattlebaum (2-for-5, 4 RBI), McFarland (2-for-5, 3 RBI) and Miller (2-for-3, 2 runs) leading that charge.
Radford had five hits in the game, with Burgess (2-for-4, 3B, RBI) the only man with more than one. Bobby Boling (5-3) lasted 5.1 innings in the start, allowing three earned runs (six total) on seven hits. The Highlanders committed three costly errors in the game to keep innings alive.
Gardner-Webb will step out of conference for its next four games, traveling to face North Carolina on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Chapel Hill and taking on Clemson in a three-game series next weekend. The 'Dogs and Tigers will play a doubleheader in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday and will play a single game in Boiling Springs, N.C., on Sunday.Call Gardner-Webb athletics at (704) 406-4340 for ticket information regarding the Clemson-Gardner-Webb game in John Henry Moss Stadium on Sunday, May 8.