Heiligenstadt (1-0) got his first start since 2011 and kept the Paladins (2-1) off balance all afternoon. The Forest, Va., sophomore scattered six singles, struck out two and walked just one to pick up the win. He hurled 3.0 scoreless frames with four strikeouts in a relief appearance in the season opening win over Dayton.
In three career starts vs. Furman, Heiligenstadt is 3-0 with a 1.89 in 19.0 innings of work – dating back to his freshman season in 2011.
Gardner-Webb (2-0-1) took advantage of two fielding miscues in the top of the first to go in front for good, as John Harris capitalized with a sacrifice fly to plate Ryan Hodge for a 1-0 lead. Harris walked to lead off the decisive fourth inning, and came around to score on an RBI double from Benji Jackson. Scott Johnson was hit by a pitch to keep the rally alive, and later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead. Adam Tiller, who reached earlier in the inning on a fielder’s choice, also came around to score on a wild pitch in the frame for a 4-0 score.
Harris collected another sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-0, lining out to right on the play to drive in Hodge again. Brad Collins followed with an RBI single to drive in Scott Coleman for the final run of the day for Gardner-Webb. The Runnin’ Bulldogs threatened again in the sixth, loading the bases after hits by Henry Rundio and Hodge – but left the bases loaded.
Furman got to the GWU bullpen in the bottom of the seventh for its only run. Hunter Burton singled home Griffin Davis to trim the lead to 6-1 and the Paladins looked to add more – but Gardner-Webb reliever Brock Wilson rolled a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Mitch Warner and Conner Scarborough hurled scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth to preserve the lead.
Gardner-Webb collected six hits in the game, with Rundio (2-for-3), Johnson (1-for-2, HBP) and Hodge (1-for-3, 2 runs) leading the way. Furman had eight hits, all singles, with Burton pacing the attack with a pair of knocks in four at bats.
Jacques de Gruy (0-1) took the mound loss for Furman, walking three, throwing four wild pitches and allowing three runs in 0.2 rough innings out of the bullpen.
Gardner-Webb returns home for a four-game set against Morehead State. First pitch for the opener is set for 6 pm on Thursday, February 21, in John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field.