Gardner-Webb combined to score 29 runs on the strength of 28 hits to complete a doubleheader sweep of Siena Baseball in the second and third games of the four-game series at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Corey Howard led the offensive attack for the Runnin' Bulldogs with six hits, six RBI, and five runs scored.
Game One: Gardner-Webb 14, Siena 5
Gardner-Webb (6-1) claimed the lead with a five-run third and put the game out of reach with a six-run eighth to take the first game of the twin bill. Howard led the charge for the Runnin' Bulldogs, going 4-5 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Siena (0-6) opened the scoring by taking advantage of a pair of Gardner-Webb errors to push across two unearned runs in the third. But the Runnin' Bulldogs responded with five runs in the home half of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Howard, to take the lead for good.
The teams each totaled three runs apiece over the next three innings in a high scoring start, as the Saints remained within striking distance at 8-5 through five. However, Gardner-Webb broke the game open in the decisive eighth inning. The Runnin' Bulldogs batted around in sending 10 men to the plate in the six-run frame.
Chris Clary matched Howard in also reaching base safely four times for Gardner-Webb, while going 2-2 with three runs scored. Wil Sellers tossed five scoreless innings of three-hit relief to earn the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Game Two: Gardner-Webb 15, Siena 4 (7)
Gardner-Webb tallied 14 runs over its first four at-bats to capture the nightcap. All nine members of the Runnin' Bulldogs' starting lineup both reached base safely and scored.
Siena once again though jumped out to an early advantage, striking for three runs in the opening inning. Each of the first five Saints recorded hits in the frame.
But Gardner-Webb responded with 11 unanswered runs over the next three innings to quickly put the game out of reach. The Runnin' Bulldogs, which already boasts victories over Georgetown and Wake Forest on the young season, have outscored their opponents by a 68-14 margin in their six wins.
Junior Matt Hamel homered to cap the Siena scoring in the fourth. Senior Joe Drpich, juniors Marcos Campos and Brian Kelly, and sophomore Jonathan Crimmin each recorded two-hit performances as part of an 11-hit attack.
The Saints will look to salvage the four-game series Saturday with the series finale at 2 p.m.