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Bradley University sophomore Kathryn Spenn delivered a RBI pinch hit single in the sixth and senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine tossed a three-hit shutout as Bradley defeated I-74 rival Illinois State 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. Lynch-Crumrine was dominant, striking out four and walking three in the complete game shutout for her fourth shutout in Missouri Valley Conference play this season. The Braves (19-24 overall, 10-7 MVC) did not manage a base runner off the Redbirds (17-24 overall, 8-5 MVC) starter Regan Romshek until a single to open the fifth.

-Bob

Missouri State had not recorded a hit since one out in the second inning, but the Bears (14-16, 4-3 MVC) strung together four consecutive hits with 2 outs in the ninth to pull out a 6-5 win in the opening game of their Missouri Valley Conference series at Bradley (17-12, 3-7 MVC) Friday afternoon at Dozer Park. After the Braves closer Matt Dennis (2-1) caught Trey Hair looking on a sweeping curve ball for the second out of the ninth, Dylan Becker rifled the next pitch to the right centerfield wall for a triple. Tate Matheny followed with a game-tying single to right field, then scored the game-winner when Eric Cheray and Matt Fultz followed with base hits. The Bears took an early 4-1 lead by roughing up Bradley starter Elliot Ashbeck for six hits in the first two innings. But the sophomore right-hander settled in and completed 6.0 innings, before exiting with the Braves trailing 4-2. Bradley pulled even in the seventh Greg Partyka‘s 2-run home run to right centerfield, then took its first lead of the game, 5-4, in the eighth when pinch-hitter Brady Wilkin came through with a sacrifice fly.

-Bob


Stepping out of conference for the final time, and outdoors at home for the first time this spring, the Bradley University women’s tennis team was defeated 4-3 by Nebraska Omaha Sunday at the David Markin Tennis Courts. After getting a doubles win from junior Carly Miles and freshman Ashley Thai, the Braves (4-12) dropped the remaining two matches to give the Mavericks (5-9) the doubles point. Bradley struck first in singles, getting a straight-sets win from juinior Elizabeth Przystawski, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6. After Omaha wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to go up 3-1, junior Cassia Wojtalik cut the deficit to 3-2, winning 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5. After Omaha clinched the match with a win at No. 3, Carly Miles set the final outcome with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 decision at No. 4. Click here for the box score.

-Bob


Bradley University matched its conference win total from 2013 season, rallying from behind in both games of a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader against Loyola to top the Ramblers 3-2 and 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. The Braves improved to 8-3 in Valley play for the first time since opening the 1986 Gateway Conference schedule with an identical 8-3 mark. Loyola pitcher Brittany Garnder took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning of the opener before the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 3-2 victory.  Junior Alyson Clemente led off the seventh with a double to right and fellow junior Shannon King tied the game at 2-2, ripping the first pitch she saw over the fence in center field. Madeline Lynch-Crumrine struck out a career-high nine batters in the complete game victory to improve to 11-9 on the year.  The win was the 40th of Lynch-Crumrine’s career. In the nightcap, freshman pitcher Jaelen Hull did not allow a Loyola hit until the Ramblers opened the fourth with a bunt single. Two more hits in the inning and a Bradley error led to a pair of runs as the Braves found themselves trailing 2-1 heading to the fifth.

-Bob

In this special video edition of Meet the Braves, Hall of Fame Voice of the Braves Dave Snell introduces viewers to Bradley University’s new gargoyle mascot, Kaboom! Watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQgigKPXraY. Bradley Athletics teams have been known as the Braves since the 1920s when then baseball/men’s basketball/football coach and athletic director A.J. Robertson determined too many schools used the Indians nickname and wanted something more distinctive. In 1992, however, the school removed all Native American imagery in reference to its athletics teams while introducing a bobcat mascot. Kaboom! is a gargoyle modeled after The Thinker, which sits atop the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center and watches over the Alumni Quad on the west side of the Bradley University campus. Gargoyles have had a presence on the Bradley University campus from the school’s beginning as part of the architecture of the school’s signature building, Bradley Hall. A new collection of gargoyles was added to the campus community when the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center was completed in 2011.

-Bob


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