PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley's season-long losing streak was extended to five games after Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (17-19) scored an unearned run in the ninth inning to pull out a 10-9 decision against the Braves (19-16) Wednesday night at O'Brien Field.
Four Bradley pitchers combined to uncork a school single-game record seven wild pitches and surrendered 15 base hits, while the defense committed five errors, allowing the Cougars to escape with their sixth consecutive win.
Despite all of their struggles, which included just six hits, the Braves managed to rally from a 4-run deficit to force a 9-9 tie with two runs in the eighth inning. The Cougars plated the winning run in the ninth after Chase Green reached on a 1-out single, advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch before scoring on a James Vazquez 2-out, infield single. The winning run was SIUE's sixth unearned run of the game.
Shortstop Jason Leblebijian led Bradley's offensive attack by going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Catcher Derek Sprout drove in two with a first-inning triple and a third-inning sacrifice fly. First baseman Jerrod Eigsti did not get a hit, but reached safely three times on two hit-by-pitches and a walk, while third baseman Rob Elliott also was a hit by a pitch, walked once and swiped his 20th base of the season.
Bradley will continue its season-long, 8-game home stand by hosting Missouri Valley Conference rival Evansville in a weekend series at O'Brien Field. With the Peoria Chiefs also playing home games, Friday's and Saturday's games are slated for 7 p.m. start times.