Category: Salukis

Bradley University took a 5-run lead into the ninth inning, but still could not put an end to its Missouri Valley Conference skid as visiting Southern Illinois (24-27, 6-12 MVC) used five extra base hits in its final at bat to rally for an 8-7 win Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park on senior day. The Braves (16-28, 1-17) dropped its 15th consecutive Valley game, despite holding a 7-2 lead with one out and nobody on base in the top of the ninth. Freshman right-hander Elliot Ashbeck retired his eighth consecutive Saluki hitter when he got Luke Mottashed to pop out to open the ninth, but five straight Salukis reached on three doubles, a home run and a walk. Senior right-hander Patrick Flanagan relieved with a runner at second base and the Braves still clinging to a 7-6 lead and he was within one pitch of closing out the win after he retired SIU slugger Austin Montgomery on a first-pitch foul out.  After plunking Ryan Casillas with a pitch, Flanagan jumped ahead of Cody Daily, 0-2, but gave up a 2-run double to the Salukis third baseman for SIU’s fifth extra-base hit of the inning. Despite the deflating events of the top of the ninth, Bradley had a chance to rally against SIU closer Todd Eaton Brady Wilkin started the home half of the ninth with a high-chopper to second and wound up at 2nd base when Wes Neece’s throw went into the first base camera bay. After Nolan Sponsler grounded out to second, moving Wilkin to third, SIU elected to pitch to the league’s top hitter, Mike Tauchman, who was 8-for-11 in the series. SIU appeared to catch a huge break when Tauchman skied a pop up on the infield, but shortstop Jake Welch could not make the catch after racing across the front of the mound to the first base side.

-Bob

Bradley senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards led four Braves in double-figures with 18 points and the hosts pulled out a 69-66 win against visiting Southern Illinois (8-9, 1-5 MVC) Tuesday night at Carver Arena. The Braves (11-7, 3-3 MVC) also got 16 points and a career-high-tying eight assists from junior guard Walt Lemon Jr., 15 points from junior forward Tyshon Pickett and 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds off the bench from senior center Will Egolf. Egolf, who missed the last four games due to suspension, equaled a career-best by draining three 3-pointers, blocked four shots, recorded two steals and drew a charge in his return to action. Desmar Jackson paced the Salukis with 21 points, while Jeff Early made 8-of-9 field goal attempts in a 17-point effort, while also pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds in a double-double effort. Anthony Beane, Jr. chipped in with 13 points for the Salukis. Dave Snell, who is in his 34th season as the radio voice of Bradley Basketball, will be presented the John Sanders ‘Spirit of The Valley’ Award during a pregame ceremony

-Bob

Bradley University sophomore Courtney Keefe turned in season highs of 14 kills and 18 digs, but the Southern Illinois duo of Laura Thole (22 kills) and Alysia Mayes (20 kills) helped power the Salukis to a five set victory against the Braves Friday at Renaissance Coliseum. Set scores in favor of SIU were 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9. Keefe collected a team and season high 14 kills in addition to finishing one dig short of matching her career-best total with 18 digs in the five-set loss. She was one of four BU players to reach double figures in kills, with sophomore Allie Falter adding a career-best 12 kills. Bradley (6-13 overall, 0-8 MVC) got off to a hot start, hitting .500 in the first set and ran away with a 25-18 opening set victory. Falter and senior Madelyn Ervin each tallied four kills on five swings to lead the Braves in the opening-set win. Southern Illinois (16-3 overall, 6-2 MVC) answered with a .424 attack percentage in the second set and pulled even in the match with a 25-17 victory. Taylor Pippen led the Saluki offensive attack in the second set, finding the floor with five kills on just six attack attempts. Click here to view more photo’s from the game.

-Bob



Mamadou Seck’s 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists paced Southern Illinois (5-9, 2-1 MVC) to a 74-65 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball win at Bradley (5-10, 0-3 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena before 7,604 fans. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, junior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards led the Braves with a game-high 17 points. Walt Lemon, Jr. added 16 points, Taylor Brown 13 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Prosser chipped in with 11 points for the Braves.  In addition to Seck’s performance, Southern Illinois got a pair of 12-point efforts from Kendal Brown-Surles and reserve forward Davante Drinkard. Bradley will continue its only 2-game Valley home stand of the season by hosting #24 Creighton Saturday night in the annual Hall of Fame game.  The 5-member induction class of Rob Dye (Men’s Basketball), Bryan Namoff (Soccer), Kim Suffield (Softball), Stephen Wylie (Soccer) and Angie Zimmerman (Cross Country/Track) will be enshrined in the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony Saturday.

-Bob

Bradley University sophomore pitcher John Nasshan tossed eight shutout innings and closer Justin Ziegler worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to preserve a 4-0 win against Southern Illinois (18-29, 8-7 MVC) in the final game of the weekend Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley (22-23, 4-11 MVC) also blanked the Salukis in Friday’s series opener and won its first Valley series of the season while also claiming its 100th all-time win at O’Brien Field since moving its home games to the downtown ballpark to start the 2003 season.  The two shutouts were the first by the Braves in a Valley series since April 14-16, 2006, when Bradley blanked rival Illinois State in the first and third games in Normal.

-Bob

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