BOILING SPRINGS - Four Gardner-Webb pitchers combined to strikeout 13 batters and the Runnin' Bulldogs shut out Maryland Eastern Shore, 7-0, Saturday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep.
Gardner-Webb (3-0) scored four runs in the bottom of the first and added single runs in the second, sixth and seventh.
Freshman southpaw Beau Hilton (1-0) picked up the win, tossing 4.0 predetermined innings, scattering three singles and fanning four (no walks) in his first career start. Classmates Matt Fraudin (2.0 IP, 3 K) and Mitch Warner (1.2 IP, 4 K) and junior Matt Liedberg (1.1 IP, 2 K) closed the game out for Gardner-Webb.
John Harris three-run triple in the first gave the Runnin' Bulldogs all the offensive production they would need. Benji Jackson drove in a run in the sixth and Brad Collins scored Harris with an RBI triple in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Harris led Gardner-Webb's nine-hit performance at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Seven different Runnin' Bulldogs collected hits in the game, with redshirt freshman Adam Tiller collecting his first career hit in the eighth on a sharp single to right center.
Five different Gardner-Webb players collected their first career hits over the weekend.
Maryland Eastern Shore (0-3) stranded 11 runners in the game and collected eight singles. Brandon Schott (3-for-4) and Tre-von Johnson (2-for-4) led the way offensively.
Tyler Witte (0-1) was saddled with the loss, hurling 5.2 innings, scattering six hits and allowing six runs with three walks (one strikeout).
The shutout for Gardner-Webb was its first since blanking Charleston Southern in the 2011 Royal Purple Big South Conference Tournament last May.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will remain at home for its next game, hosting Southern Conference member Wofford at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, at John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field.