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Samantha Meenaghan was 3-5 on the day for GWU.
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GWU Softball Falls to Eastern Michigan and No. 3 /4 Florida on Saturday
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: March 03, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Runnin' Bulldogs struggled to score runs and were haunted by errors on Saturday, as Gardner-Webb suffered a 6-2 loss in game one to Eastern Michigan and then a 14-0 shutout loss to No. 3/4 Florida on day two of the 2012 UF Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

The two losses drop GWU to 7-11 overall on the year.

Game 1: Eastern Michigan 6, Gardner-Webb 2

The Runnin' Bulldogs were haunted by four errors over the seven inning contest and could not overcome an early deficit in a 6-2 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday morning.

On the first play of the game, GWU made back-to-back errors to allow the Eastern Michigan lead-off hitter to reach second-base to start the top of the first.  Two batters later Russ doubled to drive in Richards and put the Eagles up early at 1-0.

After Gardner-Webb left two runners on base in the bottom of the first, Eastern Michigan pushed across another run in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead over the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Back-to-back infield singles by Melinda Dulkowski and Samantha Meenaghan started the Runnin' Bulldog offense in the bottom half of the third inning. Two batters later, senior Lindsea Hutchinson came through with a two-out single to drive in both Dulkowksi and Meenaghan to tie the score up at 2-2 after three innings of play.

The tie did not last long, as Eastern Michigan took advantage of a walk, a GWU error and two singles to plate two more runs and retake the lead at 4-2.

After Gardner-Webb failed to score over the next two innings, the Eagles pushed across two more runs on two hits and another Runnin' Bulldog error in the top half of the sixth to push their lead out to four at 6-2.

The Runnin' Bulldogs put two runners on base safely in the bottom of the sixth on a single and a base-on-balls and one more by way of a single in the seventh, yet could not drive in any runs to ultimately fall to the Eagles 6-2.

GWU's Alyssa Gutierrez (2-5) was handed the loss, as the sophomore gave up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and one walk, while recording two strikeouts.

The win went to Eastern Michigan's Ignowski (3-1) who earned the complete game win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four in seven innings of work.

Hutchinson was 2-4 with an RBI, while Meenaghan was 2-3 with a walk and Dulkowski was 1-3 with a run scored.

For the Eagles, Richards was 3-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Russ was 1-4 with a double and an RBI.


Game 2: No. 3 Florida 14, Gardner-Webb 0

The Runnin' Bulldogs got one hit, a single by Meenaghan in the top of the fourth, as Florida scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 14-0 five-inning win on Saturday afternoon.

Florida jumped out to a huge lead in the bottom of the first, as a three-run home run by Moultrie and a solo shot by Haeger highlighted an 11 run inning for the Gators, putting the Runnin' Bulldogs down big early.

Another two-run home run by Fagan and an RBI double by Moultrie in the bottom of the second, gave the Gators three more runs, pushing their lead to 14-0 after two innings of play.

Gardner-Webb's Meenaghan lead-off the fourth with a single to left field, yet was stranded on base along with Hutchinson, who reached base on a walk later in the inning.

GWU pitcher Gutierrez entered the game in the bottom of the second and pitched well for the rest of the game, allowing only one base runner on a base-on-balls, while striking out three Gator hitters over 2.2 innings of relief work.

Junior Jessica Milligan (0-1) was handed the loss, as she gave up six runs on three hits, while Florida's Bache (3-0) earned the win allowing only one hit over four innings of action.

Meenaghan was 1-2 at the plate, while the lone other Runnin' Bulldog to reach base was Hutchinson by way of a base-on-balls.

Florida's Moultrie (3-4), Haeger (1-3), Horton (2-2) and Fagan (2-2) all had a home run in the win.

Gardner-Webb (7-11) will return to action tomorrow morning, as the Runnin' Bulldogs are slated to take on Eastern Michigan at 9 a.m. and Tennessee State at 11:15 a.m., weather permitted.

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