Gardner-Webb Uses Big Innings to Top Baseball, 13-8

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.- After Campbell jumped out to a 7-1 lead, Gardner-Webb used a seven run fourth and a four run sixth to top the visiting Camels 13-8 in A-Sun baseball action, Friday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs improve to 14-1 in games where they score ten or more runs.

Campbell (15-24, 8-14 A-Sun) matched a season high in hits (14), including multi-hit performances by five different players headed by Mike Causey and John Watlington. Causey went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Watlington, a junior from Yanceyville, N.C., also knocked in a pair of runs and scored another.

Gardner-Webb (19-18, 10-12 A-Sun) continued its offensively potent ways as each of its first five batters in the order had multi-hit games. Matt Rizzuto and Justin Loyd each collected three hits, while Loyd knocked in three runs as well. Bubbie Spake and Ty Boyles both hit homers in the contest.

Reliever Ryan Maxa (3-2) picked up his third win of the season for the Bulldogs after allowing two runs in six complete innings. The left handed transfer from Limestone College struck out four batters and only walked two.

Hunter Ford (1-3) was one of six different pitchers for Campbell and was strapped with the loss, giving up four runs in 1/3 innings of relief work. Campbell starter Trevor Smith allowed just one run through his first three innings, but was chased after Gardner-Webb loaded with bases with two singles and a walk in the fourth.

Campbell tallied ten hits in its first three innings and captured the momentum early, posting three runs in both the first and third innings. After both Ellis Lowe and Brandon Scott singled in the first, three consecutive RBI singles through the left side by Causey, Zach Johnson and Watlington followed which gave Campbell an early 3-0 lead.

After Spake blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the second, Campbell countered with three in the third to revitalize its lead to 7-1. With a pair of runners on, Watlington smacked an RBI double to right-center field. Ryan Hamme supplied Campbell's biggest blow in the inning as he took a 0-1 offering and placed it down the left field line, plating both Watlington and Parsons.

The Bulldogs' backbreaker came in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored seven runs to take an 8-7 lead. In the inning, six different players collected hits, including two from Rizzuto. After Smith was chased and Ford took over with the bases loaded, Gardner-Webb proceeded to stroke five straight singles, highlighted by a bases loaded, two RBI single past Campbell's shortstop by Loyd.

Gardner-Webb continued to siphon through Campbell pitchers, posting four runs in the sixth inning. After Brock Miller was hit by a pitch and Jamall Kinard was walked, Daniel Cook smoked an RBI single to left field. Cook would later score on a passed ball after advancing to third on a throwing error by Scott. Loyd capped the inning off with an RBI single up the middle, giving the Bulldogs a 12-7 lead after six innings.

Gardner-Webb used a Boyles homer in the seventh, but Campbell's Brian Gana doubled in Causey in the ninth to finalize the score at 13-8. Campbell's late rally was snubbed out when Gana was thrown out at second bases after making an attempt at a possible triple to end the game.

Ellis Lowe was the only Camel to have three hits in the contest, which marks his 13th multi-hit game of the season.

Campbell continues its A-Sun series with Gardner-Webb with a doubleheader tomorrow at Varsity Field. The first pitch will begin at 12:00 p.m.