BOILING SPRINGS - Freshman southpaw Beau Hilton hurled six shutout innings to key Gardner-Webb to a 7-3 win over No. 28 Coastal Carolina in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, helping the Runnin' Bulldogs earn a split.
Coastal Carolina (20-10, 4-2 Big South) won the opener 11-4.
The win in the series finale was Gardner-Webb's first over Coastal Carolina since the two began playing in 2009 - with the Chanticleers winning the previous 12 meetings.
Gardner-Webb (17-16, 3-6 Big South) plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good, chasing starter Patrick Corbett after just four batters. John Harris had an RBI single, Dusty Quattlebaum had an RBI double and Adam McFarland capped the inning with a sacrifice fly for the early edge.
The 'Dogs added to that lead in the bottom of the sixth, with Ryan Hodge executing a suicide squeeze bunt for a 4-0 lead.
Coastal Carolina plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to get closer, but Gardner-Webb scored three runs on three hits and a pair of CCU errors in the bottom of the eighth to go up 7-2. Harris and Quattlebaum each had RBI singles in that frame.
The Chanticleers scored one run in the top of the ninth for the final margin.
Hilton (4-0) allowed just two runs in the game, both coming in the seventh inning after a stellar first six frames. The Jacksonville, Fla., native scattered six hits and struck out one. Adam Izokovic came on with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh, and finished the game for his fifth save of the season.
Hodge led Gardner-Webb's nine-hit effort in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Harris (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Quattlebaum (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) also had big games.
Corbett (2-2) took the loss for Coastal Carolina, allowing three runs on two hits with two walks without recording an out. The Chanticleers used six pitchers in the game.
Coastal had seven hits, with Justin Creel (2-for-4, run) and Sloan Gilliam (2-for-4, run) leading that charge.
Coastal Carolina used a six-run second inning to stake itself to an early lead in the opener of Saturday's Big South twinbill, and went on to post an 11-4 win.
The Chanticleers used four hits in that frame, and added a single run in the sixth, two runs in the seventh and single runs in both the eighth and ninth to pull away.
Gardner-Webb trimmed the lead to 6-3 just after Coastal Carolina's big inning, striking in the bottom of the second with RBI from Danny Yelverton, Henry Rundio and Zeke Blanton.
An infield RBI single by Ryan Hodge drove home Brad Collins in the sixth inning to trim Coastal Carolina's lead to 7-4, but the 'Dogs would get no closer.
Conner Scarborough (2-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Gardner-Webb had 11 hits in the game, with Blanton (3-for-5, 2B, RBI), Quattlebaum (2-for-4), Hodge (2-for-3, RBI) and Rundio (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) getting multiple knocks.
Austin Wallace (2-0) got the mound win for the Chanticleers, allowing just one earned run in 6.0 innings - scattering seven hits. Ryan Connolly worked the final 3.0 innings without allowing a run for the save.
CCU had 13 hits, with Daniel Bowman (3-for-4, HR, RBI), Alex Buccilli (3-for-4, RBI), Justin Creel (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and Brian Pruett (2-for-4, RBI) having big games.
Gardner-Webb will step out of conference on Tuesday, hosting Appalachian State at 6:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.