Gardner-Webb Rallies for 4-3 Walk Off Win Over Georgetown in 10 Innings Saturday Afternoon

Danny Sullivan (Tim Cowie Photo)
Danny Sullivan (Tim Cowie Photo)

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Gardner-Webb scored a run in both the ninth and tenth innings to earn a 4-3 walk off win over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.

Gardner-Webb (9-11) held a 2-1 lead after six innings, but Georgetown (11-8) would tie the game in the top of the seventh on a solo home run off of the scoreboard by Ryan Davis and would claim the lead in the top of the eighth after a sacrifice fly by Jake Kuzbel scored Zach Racusin, who doubled to lead off the frame.

The Diamond 'Dogs would answer in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out after a single to center field by Mason FoxMickey Dugan would step up to the plate and hit a fly ball deep enough into center field to score Danny Sullivan to tie the game at 3-3.

Paul Trick would strike out to end the inning, sending the game into extra innings.

Wil Sellers, who came in to pitch in the top of the ninth, made short work of Georgetown in the tenth, retiring the Hoyas in order to head to the bottom half of the frame. 

GWU would have a runner on first with two away in the bottom of the tenth when Gage Parham would single through the left side of the field to put runners on first and second.  Sullivan would then send the first pitch he saw into center field, dropping in front of Beau Hall to send pinch runner Isaac Campbell home from second base for the walk off win.

It was the second walk off win of the season for Gardner-Webb, with the first taking place on February 28th in a 9-8 win over Wright State in nine innings.

Georgetown took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Davis that plated Sammy Stevens, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

The Runnin' Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs on back-to-back RBI base hits by Luke Kaesmeyer and Collin Thacker to take a 2-1 lead.

The game would be interrupted by lightning in the area midway through the sixth inning, with action being halted for 38 minutes.

Sellers earned the win for Gardner-Webb, tossing the final 2.0 innings with two strikeouts while allowing no runs and just on hit.  Starter Bradley Hallman lasted 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs while fanning seven batters and issuing two walks.

Jimmy Swad took the loss for Georgetown in 2.0 innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two batters.  Jack Cushing went 7.2 innings in the no decision, allowing two runs with six strikeouts.

Gardner-Webb collected 11 base hits throughout the game, led by Kaesmeyer who was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI.  Thacker (2-for-3, RBI) and Sullivan (2-for-5, RBI, run) also tallied multiple base knocks.

The Hoyas had 11 hits, with multiple hits coming from Kuzbel (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Racusin (2-for-5, 2B, run), and Jake Bernstein (2-for-4).

The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm at John Henry Moss Stadium.

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