BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Brock Wilson allowed just two hits over 6.1 innings and Gardner-Webb rapped out 10 hits to top Air Force, 8-2, Friday afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (6-3) got two hits apiece from Scott Johnson (2-for-5, 2B, run), John Harris (2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI) and Adam McFarland (2-for-4, 3B, run, 3 RBI) to lead the support of Wilson (2-1), who was solid again on the mound.
Wilson has not allowed an earned run in 14.1 consecutive innings, lowering his ERA to 1.17 in his third start of the season. The Big Island, Va., junior fanned three and walked three, but needed just 83 pitches to record 19 outs.
Jeff Howell (1.2 IP) came into the game with the 'Dogs clinging to a 4-2 lead in the seventh, and worked out of a jam that inning to preseve the lead. Gardner-Webb put the game in the way in its next at bat, plating four runs on four hits in the eighth for what would be the final margin.
Stephen Gilmore came on to get the Falcons (3-5) out in the ninth, striking out his final batter to end the game.
Harris put Gardner-Webb on top for good in the second, leading off with his second home run in as many games over the fence in right for a 1-0 lead. Dusty Quattlebaum pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third, plating Benji Jackson with an RBI single through the right side.
Air Force took advantage of a Gardner-Webb miscue in the top of the fourth to get back two of those runs. David Thomas delivered a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-1 and Jake Schomaker followed with a sharp single to center for a 4-2 score.
After an infield single and walk loaded the bases, Wilson coaxed a pop fly to left to end the threat.
Wilson settled down to retire eight batters in a row until Adam Hill drew his second walk of the game in the seventh - and Howell came in from the bullpen to avoid any damage.
In addition to Johnson, Harris and McFarland, Gardner-Webb got hits from Benji Jackson (1-for-4, 3B, run), Quattlebaum (1-for-3, RBI, run), Brantley Smith (1-for-4, RBI, run) and Brad Collins (1-for-3).
Air Force collected four hits in the game, with Thomas (1-for-3, RBI), Schomaker (1-for-2, RBI, walk), Ryan Kramer (1-for-4) and pinch hitter Taylor Ausbun (1-for-1) collecting those safeties.
Falcons' starter Ben Bertelson (0-2) showcased electric stuff on the mound for much of Friday's game, allowing just three earned runs on six hits - and striking out a career-high 10 batters - in 7.0 innings of work.
Gardner-Webb will continue a busy home weekend Saturday, hosting a strong Valparaiso squad at 2:00 pm. Valpo (3-3) is coming off a 10-9 win at No. 4 Arkansas last Sunday on the road.The Crusaders are coached by former major leaguer Tracy Woodson.