COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Trailing 6-1 after five innings, the Bradley offense erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth for an 8-6 victory at Tennessee Tech Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Braves a 3-0 series sweep over the Golden Eagles and evened Bradley's overall record at 3-3.
Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, but Bradley made it a two-run game in the fourth when senior Jordan Colvin (O'Fallon, Ill./Southwestern Illinois College/O'Fallon Township H.S.) ripped a two-out RBI triple down the left field line. The Golden Eagles answered with three runs on two hits in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.
Sophomore infielder Rob Elliott (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) was hit by a pitch to start the sixth and scored on freshman outfielder Mike Tauchman's (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd H.S.) RBI triple. Senior catcher Kevin Sullivan's (Elmhurst, Ill./Oakton J.C./York H.S.) RBI single scored Tauchman from third and made it a 6-3 game. The Braves added another run with an RBI single from freshman first baseman Jason Leblebijian (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and tied the game at 6-6 with a two-run single by freshman shortstop David Compitello (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S.).
The Braves took their first lead of the game when Leblebijian scored on an RBI groundout by junior outfielder Brian Martin (Glen Ellyn, Ill./College of DuPage/Lombard Montini Catholic H.S.) and went ahead 8-6 with Elliott's two-out RBI single to left field.
Sophomore right-hander Phil Kaiser (Berwyn, Ill./Nazareth Academy) shut down Tech's offense in the final two innings to preserve the win, 8-6.
Nine Braves had at least one hit and seven drove in at least one run. Sullivan finished 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Compitello was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI's. Kaiser (1-0) allowed just one hit and fanned three in 2.1 innings of work for his first win of the season.
Bradley (3-3) will return to action Thursday, March 11 at the Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio, Texas.