The Grizzlies defeated the Owls 5-1 Wednesday night at McNair Field.
Trailing 1-0 after four innings, Gastonia scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and added two more in the ninth to improve to 21-13 overall and 2-5 in the second half of the West Division of the Coastal Plain League.
Henry Rundio (Gardner Webb) and R. Thompson both went 1-for-4 with two RBI each at the plate. Thomas Bess (Lander) was 4-for-5. Chris Robinson (Morehead State) had two hits.
Tyler Beckwith (Richmond) collected a hit and Anthony Dimino (Belmont Abbey) picked up an RBI.
Jared Cheek (Georgia) earned the victory (4-2) on the mound by pitching six innings, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Gastonia returns to Sims Legion Park Thursday for a doubleheader with High Point-Thomasville beginning at 6 p.m.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at