CLINTON, S.C. - Presbyterian broke open a tie game with a four-run third inning and held on to beat Gardner-Webb, 9-5, in the second game of a three-game Big South series.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (27-24, 9-11 Big South) have dropped three Big South Conference games in a row after seeing a five-game league win streak snapped last Sunday.
Gardner-Webb got an RBI groundout from Ryan Hodge in the top of the first to take an early lead, but saw Presbyterian (22-28, 9-11 Big South) rally with back-to-back solo home runs from Gabe Grammer and Brad Zebedis in the bottom half to go up 2-1.
The Runnin' Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the second on a Dusty Quattlebaum solo shot over the fence in right field, and took advantage of a two-out error by the Blue Hose to score a run for a 3-2 advantage.
Presbyterian tied the game, 3-3, on a Grammer RBI groundout in the bottom of the second and - after a scoreless top of the third, the Blue Hose went in front for good. The decisive third inning involved four hits and four runs, including an RBI double from Tyler Hill and a pair of RBI infield singles.
PC pushed its lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the fourth before Scott Coleman doubled home Hodge in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 8-4. Nate Chong pushed the led back to five runs after the seventh inning stretch, however, hitting the Blue Hose' third solo home run of the day for a 9-4 lead.
Gardner-Webb scored its final run with two outs in the ninth when Hodge collected a single and scored on John Harris' double for the final margin.
Matt Fraudin (1-5) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in 2.0 innings of work. Conner Scarborough came on to finish out the game, hurling six innings and scattering seven hits (four earned runs) and striking out five (no walks).
Southpaw Chandler Knox (5-2) collected the win for Presbyterian, allowing just three runs on six hits in 6.0 innings of work. Steven Richardson hurled the final 3.0 innings to pick up a save, allowing two runs on three hits.
The Runnin' Bulldogs collected nine hits on Saturday, with Coleman (2-for-5, 2B, RBI) and Benji Jackson (2-for-4, 2B) leading the way. Hodge went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base for the 'Dogs.
Grammer, Zebedis, Chong and Hill each had two of Presbyterian's 12 hits. Five of those Blue Hose hits went for extra bases, and three went over the fence.
The two teams will play the series finale on Sunday at 1:00 pm.