Charleston Southern's Bobby Ison was thrown out at home plate trying to score the tying run in the top of the ninth as Gardner-Webb held on for a 3-2 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon at John Moss Stadium.
Ison tried to score on a single from the Bucs' Chase Shelton, but was nabbed on the throw by Bulldogs' leftfielder Scott Coleman for the second out of the inning. Starter Erik Heiligenstadt retired the Bucs' John Faircloth for the final out of the game as GWU completed the rally.
The Bucs fall to 11-20 on the year and 3-6 in Big South play. Gardner-Webb is now 18-14-1 and 7-5 in league play.
CSU took a 1-0 lead after a half an inning as Kevin Hickey led off with a single and scored on a throwing error after stealing third. Ison also had a bunt single in the inning.
The Bucs extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth as Alex Tomanovich drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI single from Faircloth to plate the Bucs' second run.
The Runnin' Bulldogs rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for the win. GWU tied the game in the fourth with a pair of run in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a John Harris RBI single and an RBI double from Brad Collins.
Runnin' Bulldogs' third baseman Henry Rundio came through with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to plate the go-ahead run. GWU took advanatge of a leadoff walk and a wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead to the ninth.
Heiligenstadt (WP, 4-2) surrendured six hits and two runs, one earned, striking out two.
Ison led the Bucs with two hits, part of a 2-for-4 day. Faircloth added a single and an RBI.
Harris was 2-for-3 to lead GWU.
The Bucs return home to face Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at CSU Ballpark.