Orangeburg, S.C. -
The Gardner-Webb softball team saw their bats come alive on Wednesday
afternoon, as the Runnin' Bulldogs totaled 22 runs on 29 hits in the double
header sweep of South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C.
GWU defeated the Lady Bulldogs 13-4 in game one and then
shutout S.C. State 9-0 in game two, pushing their record to 12-14 overall on
Game 1: Gardner-Webb
13, S.C. State 4
Gardner-Webb pushed across 11 runs in the top of the second
en route to a 13-4 blowout win over the Lady Bulldogs in the first game of the non-conference
double header on Wednesday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs blew the game open in the top of the
second, plating 11 runs on 11 hits and two S.C. State errors to take a huge
lead early in the contest.
Redshirt-sophomore Morgan Baker led off the inning with a
single, which was immediately followed by an RBI double by sophomore catcher
Elizabeth Williams which plated pitch runner Emily Bowman to put the Runnin'
Bulldogs up 1-0 early.
A single by freshman Mariana Gallardo kept the inning alive,
putting runners on second and third with no outs. Senior Jane Savage then singled to drive in
Williams to put GWU up 2-0. After Savage
swiped second, fellow outfielder Melinda Dulkowski laid down a bunt single to
drive in Gallardo and put the score at 3-0.
Lead-off hitter Samantha Meenaghan then singled to load the
bases for, junior Jordyn Arrowood who singled for the seventh straight hit for
the Runnin' Bulldogs, driving in Savage to put the visitors up 4-0.
With the bases loaded and no outs, freshman infielder
Savannah Burns hit a fly ball to left field, which was dropped by the S.C.
State left fielder, which allowed two more runs to score putting the Runnin'
Bulldogs on top 6-0.
After a GWU strikeout for the first out of the inning,
Baker, who started the inning with a single, doubled to drive in Arrowood. Williams then singled for her second hit of
the inning to put runners on first and third.
A ground ball to the pitcher proved to be out number two for the Lady
Bulldogs, however, it did not stop the GWU offense, as Savage and Dulkowski put
together back-to-back RBI singles to put Gardner-Webb up 9-0.
A S.C. State throwing error later on in the inning gave the
Runnin' Bulldogs two more runs, as GWU took an 11-0 lead into the bottom of the
Gardner-Webb added two more runs in the top of the third by
way of RBI singles by Gallardo and Savage, putting the visitors up 13-0.
S.C. State refused to quit, as the Lady Bulldogs scored four
runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by
LaTavi Riley, to put the score at 13-4 heading into the fourth inning.
GWU would hold on to the nine run lead over the next two
innings, giving them the 13-4 five-inning win over the Lady Bulldogs of S.C.
Freshman Kellie Beres (2-0) recorded the win, as she was
effective out of the bullpen, giving up only one hit, while striking out four
over 2.2 innings of relief work in the five-inning contest.
The loss went to Vianne Gomez (6-11), who allowed eight
runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits over 1.1 innings of work.
Savage led the Runnin' Bulldogs at the plate, as she was 4-4
with three RBI, two runs and a stolen base, while Williams was 2-3 with a
double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.
Baker was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Burns was
2-4 with two RBI and two run scored.
For S.C. State offensively, Riley was 1-3 with a double and
two RBI, while Taylor Harris was 2-2 with a run scored.
Gardner-Webb 9, S.C. State 0
In game two, the Runnin' Bulldogs scored runs in four
different innings, while redshirt-senior pitcher Cindy Boomhower held the S.C.
State Lady Bulldogs off the scoreboard in a 9-0 six-inning win.
GWU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first,
as Meenaghan singled and then advanced to third on a stolen base and sacrifice
bunt. Bowman then recorded a bunt single
to drive in Meenaghan and put the visitors in top 1-0.
Two batters later, Burns singled to short to score Bowman,
which was immediately followed by a triple off the bat of senior McKenzie
Morenus to plate Burns and put the score at 3-0 in favor of the Runnin'
While Boomhower breezed through the S.C. State line up over
the first four innings, allowing only two singles, the GWU offense provided
some insurance runs, as Beres stole home in the third and drove in a run in the
fourth to help push the Runnin' Bulldogs in front at 7-0 after four innings
The Runnin' Bulldogs put the game away with two more runs in
the top of the sixth with the help of a S.C. State fielding error, as Boomhower
shut down the Lady Bulldog offense in the 9-0 six-inning shutout win.
Boomhower (5-2) recorded the shutout win, her second of the
season, as she allowed only two hits and one walk, while striking out six over
six innings of work.
Gomez (6-12) again struggled against the GWU offense in game
two, as she gave up nine runs, four of which were earned, over all six innings
of the contest.
Bowman was 3-3 with three RBI, three runs scored and a
stolen base, while Meenaghan was 2-4 with two runs scored and two stolen
bases. Beres (1-3), Burns (1-3),
Arrowood (0-3) and Morenus (1-4) all had an RBI in the win.
Catcher Kelsey Grochow and third-baseman Mika Johnson each
had a hit in the game for the Lady Bulldogs of S.C. State.
Gardner-Webb (12-14) will return home for the first time
since late February next week, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will open up a five-game
home stand against UNC Greensboro on Thursday, March 22nd, at Varsity
Field. The non-conference double header
is slated for a 2 p.m. start time.