The performance was Scarborough's first career complete game, and the first of the season for Gardner-Webb (16-12, 2-3 Big South).
The Runnin' Bulldogs used a five-run burst in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. The home team sent nine batters to the plate, and used five-straight singles to get the rally started. Ryan Hodge and John Harris singled to lead off the frame and Dusty Quattlebaum tied the score with an RBI hit through the right side.
After an infield single from Scott Coleman loaded the bases, Adam McFarland came through with a two-run single to give Gardner-Webb a 3-1 lead. Scott Johnson bunted Coleman and McFarland into scoring position and Zeke Blanton pushed the lead to 4-1 with a squeeze bunt. Brad Collins followed with an RBI double to right center for a 5-1 lead, chasing Winthrop starter Eric Ruth from the game.
Winthrop (8-20, 1-4 Big South) plated a run in the top of the first to take the game's first lead, with Jason Driver's double to right field setting the table. The Eagles' leadoff man scored on T.J. Olesczuk's sacrifice fly, but Gardner-Webb starter Conner Scarborough was able to work out of an early jam to end the inning.
Scarborough (2-3) kept the Eagles from threatening the rest of the way, allowing just three singles after the first inning and not allowing any Winthrop runner past second base. The High Point, N.C., junior rolled 16 ground ball outs and fanned four - and needed only 103 pitches to get through the game.
Gardner-Webb managed nine hits in the game, with Harris (2-for-3, run) and Quattlebaum (2-for-4, run, RBI) leading that charge. Hodge (1-for-4, run), Coleman (1-for-3, run), McFarland (1-for-4, 2 RBI) and Collins (1-for-3, 2B, RBI). Six of those hits came in the fourth inning for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Ruth (2-2) took the loss for Winthrop, allowing five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work (four strikeouts). Three Eagles relievers combined to keep Gardner-Webb off the board the rest of the way, scattering a pair of hits down the stretch.
Max Vogul (2-for-4) had a pair of the Eagles' four hits in the game.
Gardner-Webb and Winthrop will play the series' rubber match on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 pm. The game will air live on WGWG-FM (88.3 / wgwg.org), with Fabian Fuentes and Travis Sherrill calling the action.