Gardner-Webb (20-18) scored six unanswered runs, with five of those coming in the middle innings, to erase an early 4-0 lead by Western Carolina (25-12). Coleman added an insurance run in the eighth with his solo shot to left field for the final margin.
Western Carolina took the lead on the first pitch of the game, as Aaron Attaway took a fastball deep over the fence in left center for a 1-0 lead. The Catamounts struck for two more runs in the third, getting a two-out RBI double from Cody Jones and an RBI single from Ross Heffley to push its lead to 3-0.
Julian Ridings added to that lead with one out in the fourth, depositing a pitch over the fence in left center for a solo home run and a 4-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth, lacing four consecutive singles with one out. Brad Collins' base knock to centerfield drove home Dusty Quattlebaum to trim the lead to 4-1, but WCU starter Jon Nadale rolled a 6-4-3 double play one batter later to end the inning.
A walk by Danny Yelverton and an infield single by Zeke Blanton put runners at first and third in the bottom of the fifth, and Ryan Hodge plated Yelverton with a groundout to cut the lead to 4-2. John Harris followed with a sharp single to right and Blanton scored when the ball was bobbled in the outfield to trim the lead to 4-3. Quattlebaum stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive shot, but Catamount first baseman Tyler White snagged the ball and doubled Harris off at first to snuff out the rally.
The Runnin' Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Brad Collins ripped a fastball deep over the fence in left for a two-run home run and a 5-4 edge.
Western Carolina got a leadoff single from Tyler White in the top of the eighth, and loaded the bases with two outs, but closer Adam Izokovic struck out Bradley Strong to end the threat, and the 'Dogs added to the lead in the bottom half.
Coleman hammered the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for his second home run of the year and a 6-4 score, adding some cushion late in the game. Izokovic made the lead stand in the top of the ninth, striking out Attaway and getting a pair of fly balls to end the game.
Gardner-Webb collected 12 hits in the game, with Coleman (4-for-4, HR, RBI) leading the charge. Harris (2-for-4), McFarland (2-for-4) and Collins (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) also had multiple hits for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Andrew Barnett (2-3) picked up the win, scattering nine hits and four runs through 6.0 innings. Izokovic hurled 3.0 innings for his eighth save of the season, allowing just two hts and striking out three.
Reliever Jeremy Sluder (1-1) took the mound loss for Western Carolina, giving up two runs on two hits in 1.0 inning out of the pen. Jon Nadale allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of a no decision start for the Catamounts.
Western Carolina got two hits each from White (2-for-4), Dykota Spiess (2-for-4, 2 2B) and Ridings (2-for-4, HR, RBI) to pace an 11-hit evening at the plate.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will travel to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend to battle Conference USA member UAB in a three-game series. The two teams will play Friday night at 6:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm.