Category: Shockers

Bradley junior Alyson Clemente belted a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to help the Braves rally from a 5-4 deficit and top Missouri State 8-5 Thursday afternoon in the second round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  The Braves advance to face regular-season conference champ Wichita State in the semifinals Friday at noon. Bradley (25-30 overall) appeared to be in control early on with senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine limiting the Bears (28-27 overall) to one hit in the first four innings and she faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four frames. Senior Mariah Cole started a Bradley rally in the bottom of the sixth with a sharp one-out single to third base.  Junior Brittany Burgess and senior Brianne Joseph loaded the bases with back-to-back bunt singles for Clemente, who ripped a towering shot over the left field fence for her fifth homer of the year.

-Bob



Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State, Bradley University could not hold a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning, allowing the Shockers (20-16, 6-2 MVC) to rally for a 10-6 win in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Peoria Chiefs Stadium. Trying to climb out of that 6-3 hole, Wichita State had a runner at second with two outs in the top of the ninth, then got an RBI double from Micah Green in front of four consecutive walks from Bradley pitchers Andy Johnson (three) and Stephen Toma to force extra innings tied at 6-6. The fifth and sixth runs actually scored on wild pitches, one from each reliever. The Braves put the potential winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth when Mike Tauchman worked a 10-pitch at-bat for a 2-out single and took second on a wild pitch, but he was tagged out at third on a Max Murphy high-hopper. After scoring four runs on two walks and four singles in the top of the 10th, the Shockers made an effort to give the game back to the Braves in the home half of the extra frame by loading the bases on a 2-out, 3rd-strike passed ball and consecutive walks.  Representing the tying run while standing in for his third career plate appearance, freshman pitcher Elliot Ashbeck just missed on a heroic swing, but ended the game with a fly ball to the right field warning track. The late-game events spoiled the first career start for Bradley left-hander Brent Stong, who allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 5.1 innings.

-Bob

Wichita State (22-5, 11-4 MVC) went on an 8-2 run in the final 40 seconds to edge Illinois State (16-11, 8-7 MVC) by a score of 68-67, Sunday night, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena before 8,668 rowdy fans. Tyler Brown led four Redbirds in double figures with 17 points to go along with 17 rebounds Jackie Carmichael also had a solid game with 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Shockers. Malcolm Armstead led the Shockers in scoring with 18 points. Illinois State went 0-for-7 from the field to start the game, before the Redbirds scored the first field goal of the game on a runner by Johnny Hill at the 15:52 mark. Two free throws by Brown pulled the Redbirds within 5-4, and a Bryant Allen three-point play gave ISU its first lead of the game, 7-5, with 13:12 remaining in the first half. Wichita State answered with a 9-2 run to pull within 63-60 on a Cleanthony Early three-pointer at the 2:10 mark. The Shockers then edged within two points at 67-65, after two free throws by Early and a Demetric Williams three-pointer with 28 seconds left. A turnover by Hill gave Wichita State the ball, and Early drilled a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining, to give the Shockers their first lead since early in the first half. After a timeout with four seconds left, Carmichael attempted a runner in the lane, which rimmed out, securing Wichita State’s victory.

-Bob

Wichita State pitchers Brian Flynn and Josh Smith combined to hold host Bradley (22-30, 4-17 MVC) to one run in 18 innings as the Shockers (36-24, 14-7 MVC) completed the sweep of the season’s final series by taking both games of a Friday doubleheader at O’Brien Field.  Wichita State followed a 5-1 victory in the opener with a 1-0 victory in the nightcap. The Shockers moved ahead of league-leading Creighton in The Valley win column. Bradley will be the tourney’s No. 8 seed and will play the top seed in Tuesday’s first round at the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  The tournament pairings and game times will not be announced until the conclusion of play Saturday for the league’s other six teams. Between games Bradley acknowledged three seniors. Brian Martin center fielder #23, Brad Kimball designated hitter #39, Eric Holmes pitcher #35 (not present), and David Nelson team manager.

-Bob

Bradley senior guard Andrew Warren scored a game-high 17 points to move into 10th place on the school’s all-time scoring list, but it was not enough to prevent No. 2 seed Wichita State (24-7) from eliminating the Braves (12-20) from the quarterfinals of the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Friday night at the Scottrade Center. Garrett Stutz came off the bench to lead the Shockers with 16 points and point guard Joe Ragland added 11 opints for Wichita State.  Bradley also received double-digit scoring from senior guard Dodie Dunson (14 points) and junior center Will Egolf (12).

-Bob

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