The Runnin' Bulldogs (13-8) got a long solo home run to lead off the second inning from Dusty Quattlebaum to tie the game, 1-1, and used an RBI double from Benji Jackson and an RBI triple from John Harris to go up 3-1 in the third inning.
Gardner-Webb widened its lead in the fifth, getting singles from Zeke Blanton and Ryan Hodge to lead off the bottom half. Jackson was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the 'Dogs were able to score a pair on Scott Johnson's sacrifice fly when the relay throw was thrown into the GWU dugout.
Alabama State (7-16) got out of the fifth without further damage, and plated a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3. A two-out fielding error kept the Hornets alive in the frame, and an RBI double from Darrion Pedro and RBI single from Emmanuel Marrero brought home a pair before reliever Mitch Warner struck out Marcus Swint with two men still on board to end the threat.
The Runnin' Bulldogs added plenty of cushion in the bottom of the eighth. Harris and Quattlebaum poked singles through the right side to start the inning and Scott Coleman drew a walk to load the bases. Adam McFarland then chopped a double inside the bag and down the right field line to drive in a pair for a 7-3 lead.
Brad Collins singled home a run for an 8-3 edge, and Hodge lifted a sacrifice fly to right field for the final run of the day.
Gardner-Webb had 11 hits in the game, with Harris (2-for-4, 3B, RBI), Quattlebaum (2-for-4, HR, RBI), McFarland (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Hodge (2-for-3, RBI) leading the charge. Jackson (1-for-2, 2B, RBI) also continued his torrid pace at the plate.
Matt Fraudin (1-1) picked up the win, allowing just one run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work (two strikeouts). Mitch Warner, Jeff Howell and Adam Izokovic closed out the game for Gardner-Webb, with Howell fanning a pair of batters in 2.0 innings of work.
Michael Estevez (0-2) was tagged with the mound loss for Alabama State, allwing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5.0 innings. Mike Montgomery worked the final 3.0 innings, allowing four runs on four hits.
The Hornets had nine hits in the game, with Pedro capping a hot weekend by going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles. Six other ASU players had one hit each in the game.
Gardner-Webb will host USC Upstate on Wednesday at 6:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.