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Win: FRAUDIN (3-0) 6.030038
Loss: Fritze (0-1) 5.094336
Mahoney (VALPO) 302010
Beasley (VALPO) 412101
HYETT (GWU) 302000
THACKER (GWU) 322010
BEST (GWU) 312200
HUGGINS (GWU) 402100
Bulldog Pitching Befuddles Crusaders Again Saturday
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Bulldog Pitching Befuddles Crusaders Again Saturday
Junior Dustin Beasley went yard for the second time in five games this season Saturday at Gardner-Webb. (Gardner-Webb Athletics)

Gardner-Webb managed to keep the Brown and Gold off the scoreboard until junior Dustin Beasley (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point [Cisco]) 's ninth inning solo jack thwarted the Runnin' Bulldogs shutout attempt in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Valpo's bullpen didn't allow an earned run in three innings of work, but the offense went 0-for-13 at the dish with runners on base.

The Runnin' Bulldogs crossed the plate first with a pair of runs in the second inning. With two away and a runner on second, Scott Johnson and Blair Huggins recorded back-to-back singles off Crusader starter Ryan Fritze (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury [Des Moines Area CC]) to put the home team ahead by two. Only one of the runs scored that frame was earned.

Gardner-Webb added another couple runs in the third. Collin Thacker sent a leadoff single through the six-hole to get things started. After Fritze notched one of his six strikeouts in the next at-bat, Sam Fulginiti hit an opposite-field double to put two in scoring position with one out. Thacker came home to score from third after Fritze uncorked a wild pitch, and Fulginiti made it 4-0 on a Tyler Best sacrifice fly to right.

Starting pitcher Matt Fraudin kept the Crusader offense at bay for the six innings he worked. The senior didn't allow a run - keeping his season-opening shutout streak alive at 20 innings - and struck out eight while walking three. Valpo strung together three hits versus the righty.

The Runnin' Bulldogs added an unearned insurance score in their half of the seventh on a Best RBI single.

Beasley single-handedly put the Crusaders into the run column in the ninth when he launched a 2-1 Andrew Massey delivery over the left-field wall. The homer was Beasley's second of the season.

Valpo was unable to scratch anything else across as Gardner-Webb registered its second-straight 5-1 victory. The Runnin' Bulldogs (8-1) have now won eight straight.

Freshman Connor Kaucic (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) provided two innings of solid relief. He yielded an unearned run on three hits and struck out a batter. Senior Zack Walsh (Batesville, Ind./Batesville [UConn]) worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.

Sophomore Mario Losi (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) will do his part to give the Crusaders their first win of the spring Sunday afternoon. The righthander will oppose Jeremy Walker (0-0, 0.00) in a 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT first pitch. Sunday's game time was pushed back late Saturday evening after a forecast calling for morning rain put the original start time in jeopardy.

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