BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – A RBI double to right field by Paul Trick with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled Gardner-Webb to a 4-3 victory over UMBC on Friday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (3-7) led off the frame with a base hit by Chandler Redmond, who advanced to third base after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout.
UMBC (0-4) brought in reliever Cory Callahan to face Trick, who doubled down the right field line to drive in Redmond to give the Diamond 'Dogs the 4-3 advantage.
The Retrievers got on the board first, as Zack DeThomasis scored on a RBI groundout by Mitchell Carroll in the top of the second inning.
UMBC would tack on two more runs in the top of the fourth inning off of a RBI single by Christian Torres, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Carroll that plated DeThomasis, giving the Retrievers a 3-0 lead.
The Runnin' Bulldogs would respond in the bottom half of the fourth, as Luke Kaesmeyer would single through the left side to drive in Redmond, who reached on a single earlier in the inning. A pair of wild pitches from starter Michael Austin would plate Mickey Dugan and Kaesmeyer, and the game would be tied 3-3 after four innings.
Wil Sellers earned the win for the Diamond 'Dogs, hurling 8.0 innings with three strikeouts, while allowing no earned runs. Jarrett Thompson earned his first save of the year, retiring each of the three batters he faced in the ninth innings.
Joe Vanderplas took the loss for UMBC, tossing 2.2 innings in relief with one strikeout and one earned run. Austin lasted 5.0 innings in the no-decision, allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts. Callahan recorded the final out of the eighth innings.
The Runnin' Bulldogs strung together six base hits throughout the afternoon, led by Redmond (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Kaesmeyer (2-for-4, RBI, 1 run) with multiple hits. Thacker (1-for-4, 2B) and Trick (1-for-3, 2B, RBI) also collected base hits.
The Retrievers had five base hits on the day.
The two teams will continue the series tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium, with live video on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).