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Bradley freshman closer Matt Dennis earned the win by throwing 5.2 strong innings in his first career start and senior catcher Austin Jarvis drove in the deciding run in his final game at Dozer Park, leading the Braves (23-25, 5-16 MVC) to a 2-1 win against Indiana State (35-14, 14-7 MVC) Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams. The win ended Indiana State’s hopes of claiming a share of the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championship and set up a rematch against the second-seeded and host Sycamores in the MVC Baseball Championship Tuesday at Bob Warn Field. The two teams will play a fourth consecutive game against one another in the fourth first-round game, a scheduled 7:30 p.m. (EST) start in Terre Haute, IN. Dennis (4-2), who made his first 19 appearances of the season in relief, limited Indiana State to one run on four hits in his longest career outing. Lefty Cameron Roegner finished off the strong pitching effort by tossing the final 3.1 innings. He worked around four hits to earn his first save of the season.

-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


Freshman LHP Brent Stong gave Bradley 7.0 strong innings and senior LF Mike Tauchman was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI, but Evansville (23-33) staved off elimination in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship when Kevin Kaczmarski launched a 3-run, walk-off home run, lifting the Purple Aces to a 4-3 win in Wednesday’s second round at Duffy Bass Field. The loss ends the Braves season at 17-32 and Tauchman, the Joe Carter MVC Player of the Year, will have to wait and see if his school-record .425 season batting average stands up as the nation’s best through the remainder of the postseason. Stong limited Evansville to one run on four hits in his longest outing of the season, 7.0 innings, then gave way to fellow freshman Elliot Ashbeck to start the eighth. Ashbeck (0-2) worked a perfect eighth, but ran into trouble with one out in the ninth. After surrendering a single to No. 8 hitter, shortstop Shain Showers, Ashbeck walked No. 9 hitter Andy Lasher before Kaczmarski lined his game-winning blast over the right-field wall.

-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

It was a beautiful fall afternoon on Saturday, so I traveled downtown to get some game action shots of Bradley University as they took on Illinois Central College at O’Brien Field. The game went 11 innings so everyone on both teams could get some live game situations. The Braves led by head baseball coach Elvis Dominguez outlasted the Cougars and head coach Brett Kelley. Click here to view more photo’s to purchase.

-Bob

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