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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 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


Bradley University reserve forward Aaron Birk blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 47th minute and the laser found the top right corner for the game’s only goal as the Braves (13-6-2) earned a 1-0 win against Missouri State (11-5-2) in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday evening at Shea Stadium. Bradley claims its third MVC Tournament title and secures its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The start of the championship game was delayed three hours, the result of severe weather that rocked Central Illinois. Bradley allowed only three shots on goal and senior keeper Brian Billings made all three saves to earn the shutout and capture MVC Tournament MVP honors. Bradley will face a familiar foe when the Braves (13-6-2) open their seventh NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday at Northwestern (10-7-3) in a 7 p.m. first-round game at Lakeside Field.

-Bob



Missouri State University took the opener 3-1 to eliminate Bradley University from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, but senior pitcher MacKenzie Camp and the Braves ended the season on a high note with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap. Bradley (23-29 overall, 8-17 MVC) left 11 runners on base in the opener and was unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities as Missouri State (22-29 overall, 13-12 MVC) held on for a 3-1 win behind sophomore pitcher Chelsea Jones.  The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring the first run of the day on a double steal. A pinch hit Rebecca McPherson double and triple off the bat of Kerri Cunningham led to another Missouri State run in the top of the sixth to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage, before Bradley snapped a streak of 21 consecutive innings without a run with a score in the bottom half of the inning. Madeline Lynch-Crumrine took the loss in the circle for Bradley in the day’s first game, finishing the year with a 14-16 record. Camp pitched 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the opener, striking out four and walking one. Camp carried that momentum into the second game, holding Missouri State to just four hits and one unearned run in a complete victory. She struck out two in the win, which gave her a career-best nine victories (9-12) on the year. Juniors Alex Chandler and Marina Groenewegen homered in the nightcap for the Braves.

-Bob


Bradley University junior guard Walt Lemon Jr. scored a game-high 20 points, including a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Braves (12-7, 4-3) to a 69-66 Missouri Valley Conference victory versus Missouri State (5-14, 3-4 MVC) Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena before 7,756 fans. Bradley never trailed in the game and led by as many as 16, but Anthony Downing’s layup with 4.3 seconds left forged the game’s only tie, 66-66.  Following a timeout, Lemon took the inbounds pass near the Bears bench, then weaved his way through traffic to the right wing, where he launched a 25-foot runner at the horn for Bradley’s first buzzer-beating basket since Chris Roberts’ 75-footer to beat Oakland March 23, 2009 in the second round of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Bradley will play three of its next four games on the road, starting with a Wednesday night trip to Evansville. The Braves will visit Wichita State Jan. 26, before returning home to host Interstate 74 rival Illinois State Jan. 29 at Carver Arena. Click here for final game stats.

-Bob

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