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There was no shortage of heroes for the Bradley University Baseball team in Sunday’s series finale against Missouri State (24-10, 4-2 MVC) at O’Brien Field before 510 fans on a sunny Easter Sunday.  The Braves (16-12-1, 3-3 MVC) earned a 4-3 victory to win the series 2-games-to-1 against the league’s preseason favorite. Junior left fielder Mike Tauchman drove in the winning run in the eighth inning by dumping a 2-out single into left field to bring home freshman first baseman Andrew Wasmund from third.  Senior closer Danny Gifford worked around a 2-out walk in the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season to nail down Bradley’s fifth win in its last five games. Redshirt freshman right-hander Patrick Flanagan was stellar in his first start of the season, subbing for the injured John Nasshan. Flanagan threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out four. Click Here for Box Score.

-Bob

Bradley University senior Leah Kassing turned in her third straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but Missouri State closed the first half with a 17-2 run to take a 42-26 lead into the break, and snapped BU’s five-game win streak with a 79-70 win in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Thursday at Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves pulled within a point at 25-24 after a Hanna Muegge free throw with just under six minutes remaining. BU, which made just one field goal in the final nine and a half minutes of the first half. Kassing scored the first points of the second half and assisted a Catie O’Leary hoop to help spark a 16-5 Bradley run to start the stanza. Muegge hit another three and O’Leary scored five during the run as the Braves pulled within five points (47-42) with 12:20 remaining. Katie Yohn was the only other Bradley player in double figures, collecting 16 points in 34 minutes of play. She moved up four spots on BU’s career scoring list with the 16-point effort, passing Roxanne Grabow for 20th on the scoring chart.

-Bob

The Basha High School Bears defeated the host Washington, IL Panthers Thanksgiving night 51-49 at the 5th Annual State Farm Tournament of Champions. Basha was led by 6’8″ super sophomore Torren Jones who scored 18 points and 14 rebounds. Alec Peters paced the Panthers with 14 points.

-Bob

Second-seeded SIU Edwardsville scored two first-half goals and held off Missouri State down the stretch, as the Cougars advanced to the title match of the State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship with a 2-1 victory over the Bears.  SIU-E’s Jordan Barnes put the Cougars on the board in the 19th minute with a redirect in front of the goal, while Jose Tamayo netted his first goal of the season in the 31st minute, giving SIU-E a cushion heading into the half.  Missouri State’s Chad Johnson cut the Cougars’ lead in half in the 78th minute with a rebound in front of the goal, and while the Bears pressured SIU-E for most of the second half, MSU was unable to net the equalizer.

Third-seeded Missouri State upended No. 6 Evansville, 2-0, in the opening quarterfinal game Wednesday in Peoria, Ill.  The Bears connected on goals by Paul Paradise and junior Heath Melugin, with his team-leading seventh goal of the season to give Missouri State the win.  Paradise scored in the 25th minute to open up the stalemate, while Melugin added the insurance goal in the 81st minute to secure the victory for the Bears.  Missouri State goalkeeper Alex Riggs tallied three saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season.  The Bears advance to Friday’s MVC Tournament semifinals for a rematch of last Saturday’s game with second-seeded SIU Edwardsville at 3:00 p.m.

-Bob

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