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Izokovic hurled 1.2 innings Wednesday for his 17th career save.
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Izokovic Sets Career Saves Record In 3-2 Win At Wofford
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          Release: March 07, 2012
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Adam Izokovic picked up his school-record 17th save Wednesday night as Gardner-Webb held off Wofford, 3-2, at Russell C. King Field.

Izokovic pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his third save in the past five days, moving past former Runnin' Bulldogs Kevin Wellmon and Daniel Planck on the career saves list. The senior righty did not allow a hit and fanned one batter in his third-straight save opportunity.

Gardner-Webb (9-3) won its fourth game in a row and is now 39-1-1 over the past two seasons when leading after eight (8-0 in 2012). Matt Liedberg (1-0) worked 1.2 no-hit innings for the win (three strikeouts) and Jeff Howell earned a hold with 0.2 innings of work, allowing just one hit.

Andrew Barnett allowed two runs on just three hits in five innings of a no decision start for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Gardner-Webb took a 1-0 lead in the first on John Harris' RBI single to drive home Dusty Quattlebaum, who walked with two outs in the inning. Wofford (6-6) answered quickly to tie the score in the first, with a pair of walks leading to Matt Kaskow scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs. Barnett recovered with a strikeout to end the inning.

Wofford got a solo home run from Taylor Rozier to lead off the fourth for a 2-1 lead, hammering a 2-0 fastball deep into the night. Barnett again recovered, however, getting a strikeout, ground ball and fly out to centerfield to end the inning with the Runnin' Bulldogs still down by just one run.

An error helped Gardner-Webb tie the game in the fifth. Ryan Allen reached on the miscue with one out, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a Scott Johnson single for a 2-2 score.

A sacrifice fly off the bat of Dusty Quattlebaum in the top of the seventh gave Gardner-Webb a 3-2 lead, and Liedberg, Howell and Izokovic made the lead stand. Wofford threatened in the eighth with Konstantine Diamaduros drawing a walk and Eric Brenk slicing a single through the left side with one out, but Izokovic came on to record a strikeout - and Benji Jackson made a highlight-reel catch to rob Rozier of a double in deep center field to end the inning.

Izokovic retired the Terriers in order in the ninth, sandwiching a pair of fly balls around a ground out.

Gardner-Webb collected six hits in the game, with Harris (2-for-4, RBI) leading the way. Mac Doyle (2-for-4) had two of Wofford's four hits on the night.

Ryan Traylor (0-1) took the loss for the Terriers, allowing one run in 0.1 innings of work.

The Runnin' Bulldogs return home to host Marshall in a three-game series this weekend, with the opener set for a 4 pm first pitch on Friday.




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