By: Olivia Moody
The Runnin’ Bulldogs baseball team picked up their second win in a row Saturday afternoon at home over Valparaiso University winning 2-1.
The Crusaders had recently come off a 10-9 win over No. 4 ranked Arkansas only to be defeated by starting pitcher Conner Scarborough and the rest of the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs.
Scarborough went 6.1 innings, allowing six hits, one walk, and striking out five to help push Gardner-Webb’s overall record to 7-3.
The ‘Dogs were the first to make the move on the score board after freshman infielder Scott Johnson picked up a base hit after one out, and later Scott Coleman hit a two out single to right field setting up Johns Harris to send them both in after a hit to left field. Harris had 2 RBIs and went 2-3 over the course of the day.
In the top of the eighth a leadoff error by the ‘Dogs gave the Crusaders a chance to tie up the score after getting up on the scoreboard, but Howell got out of it; first with an out to first after a sacrifice bunt grounder and a strike out to end the inning.
It came down to the ninth inning for Adam Izokovic to give Gardner-Webb the win and seal the deal. Izokovic landed his 15th career save by striking the last two batters out to give him the win and end the game.
The Bulldogs look to play Albany University Sunday afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium at 2 pm.