seniors McKenzie Morenus and Cindy Boomhower helped to guide the No. 5 seeded
Running Bulldogs past the No. 3 seeded Charleston Southern Buccaneers 6-2 in
game 12 of the 2012 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco
Sports Lighting and Brookwood Farms Barbeque Saturday afternoon at Radford Softball Field in Radford, Va.
the win, GWU improves to 28-27 overall, while Charleston Southern falls to
32-25 on the season.
Southern threatened in the bottom of the first, as lead-off hitter Megan
Lombard singled to short to start the inning and then advanced to second on a
wild pitch. However, GWU starter Jessica Childers pitched out of the jam by getting a strikeout and back-to-back ground
outs to third-baseman Jordyn Arrowood to end the inning.
the top of the second, Gardner-Webb put a runner in scoring position, as
second-team all-conference selection Amanda Gomes lined a two-out double to
center for her first hit of the tournament.
However, CSU starter Linzy Rother got the next GWU batter to strikeout
looking to end the top of the inning.
Runnin' Bulldogs put the first runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third,
as redshirt-junior Melinda Dulkowski and sophomore Samantha Meenaghan posted
back-to-back singles. With one out, Morenus hit a deep fly ball to left which
sailed over the fence for a three-run home run putting the visitors on top 3-0.
The long ball was Morenus' third of the tournament and eighth of the season.
Southern used got one run back in the bottom of half of the third, as Kristin
Kelleher hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field to plate Courtney Konyk from
third to cut the Gardner-Webb lead to two at 3-1 after three complete innings
both teams went down in order 1-2-3 in the fourth and GWU once more in the
fifth, the Buccaneers' Konyk hit a two-out triple over the right fielder's head
in the bottom half of the inning.
However, GWU's Boomhower would leave her stranded at third, as the
redshirt-senior would strikeout the next CSU batter to end the fifth.
Bucs' Rother, who had set down eight straight GWU batters including the first
out in the top of the sixth, gave up a double off the center field fence to
Morenus. Two batters later redshirt-sophomore Morgan Baker singled to left
field to drive in pitch runner Jane Savage from second to push the Runnin'
Bulldogs lead to three at 4-1.
Charleston Southern refused to quit, but rather pushed a run of their own across
in the bottom of the sixth. After Kelleher and Jessica Brock led off the inning
with back-to-back singles, Stephanie Sbardella hit a one-out single up the
middle to plate Kelleher and cut the Gardner-Webb lead back to two at 4-2.
added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, as Meenaghan had an RBI
double to left center and Arrowood followed up with an RBI single up the middle
all with two outs.
Boomhower got the Bucs to go down in order
1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, as Gardner-Webb held on for the 6-2 win
over Charleston Southern.
Boomhower (13-6) picked up the win in a relief effort, as the righty gave up
one run on four hits, while striking out three over the final 4.1 innings of
loss went to Charleston Southern's Rother (3-3), as the junior allowed six runs
on nine hits and one walk, yet struck out a season-high seven strikeouts over
the seven inning contest.
for GWU, Morenus was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, three RBI and a
run scored, while Meenaghan was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs
scored. Both Arrowood (1-for-4) and Baker (1-for-3) had an RBI single in the
the plate for the Bucs, Sbardella was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Lombard was
2-for-4 with a double.
win was head coach Tom Cole's 399th career victory.
two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. tonight with the winner advancing to
tomorrow afternoon's 2012 Big South Conference Championship game.
Head Coach Quotes
GWU Head Coach Tom Cole
"It was another good game. We got a big three-run shot by McKenzie (Morenus) to
put us up 3-0. Charleston Southern kept fighting back and battling, cutting the
lead to 3-1 and 4-2, to make it a game. Cindy (Boomhower) and Jess (Childers)
pitched well and did what we needed them to do. We played with a lot of heart
and intensity, and with a lot of desire."
CSU Head Coach Shane Winkler
"Hats off to Gardner-Webb. They came
out and swung the bats well and did what they had to. Now we are in the same
exact position and have to respond."