EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Bradley senior center fielder Brian Martin paced a 14-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and two runs scored and junior left-hander Tory Doerr (pronounced DARE) earned his first career victory, leading the Braves (13-6) to an 8-2 win at SIU Edwardsville (5-15) Wednesday night at SimmonsCooper Stadium.
After playing its first 19 games away from home, Bradley is scheduled to make its home debut by hosting Purdue at 5 p.m. Friday and again Saturday at 1 o'clock at O'Brien Field.
Martin, who followed up his 4-for-5 performance in Saturday's 8-5 win against Butler, did a little bit of everything by legging out a double, stealing a base and hitting a sacrifice fly. Freshman first baseman Derek Sprout (2-for-4), Rob Elliott (2-for-5), Mike Tauchman (2-for-4) and Jason Leblebijian (2-for-5) all added two hits. Tauchman extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
Doerr (1-0), meanwhile, allowed just one run on four hits in his 6.0 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Cody Kentzel surrendered one run on a hit and two walks in the seventh inning, but fellow relievers Danny Gifford and Justin Ziegler each tossed a scoreless inning to close out to their fourth consecutive win.
Martin got the offense started with a bunt single to open the game. After advancing to third on Tauchman's streak-extending single to right, Martin scored on a Brad Kimball sacrifice fly for the quick 1-0 lead.
After the Cougars got the run back in the bottom of the first, Bradley took the lead for good, 6-1, by scoring five unearned runs in the second, highlighted by RBI triples from both Elliott and Kimball. Sprout was hit by a pitch and scored on a Martin single in the third for a 7-1 lead and Sprout scored the game's final run in the ninth on Martin's sacrifice fly.
Doerr allowed three of the four hits against him in the first inning, but settled in and cruised through his remaining five innings, retiring 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, with one of the two reaching on an error.