PEORIA, Ill. -- Junior Mackenzie Camp (Mapleton, Ill./Limestone) tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout and also earned a save, while sophomore Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (Sedro-Woolley, Wash./Sedro-Woolley) earned a victory and drove in four runs as the duo helped Bradley sweep a doubleheader from Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park.
The Braves took the opener 6-4, before Camp's three-hit shutout helped power the Braves to a 4-0 victory in the nightcap. The shutout was the first for Bradley (21-28 overall, 11-14 MVC) in the series with the Salukis since 2001 and BU has won the regular-season series from SIU for the first time since sweeping a doubleheader in 2000. Bradley's 4-0 victory in the second game is the largest margin of victory for the Braves in the series since 1989.
Both Bradley hurlers took no-hit bids into the fifth before surrendering singles and combined to hold the top hitting team in the Missouri Valley Conference to just eight hits and a .160 batting average on the day. SIU (33-19 overall, 15-10 MVC) entered the weekend with a league-best .296 batting average.
Lynch-Crumrine got things started for the Braves in the bottom of the third in the opener. Bradley loaded the bases when sophomore Bailiegh Basham (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon/Lake Land C.C.) was hit by pitch following singles by Alison Kresl (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and Jackie Roth (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg). Lynch-Crumrine, who was 0-for-7 on the year with the bases loaded, ripped a two-out bases loaded double to left to drive in three runs as the Braves took a 3-0 lead.
Southern Illinois capitalized on a BU error in the fifth and Meredith Wilson tallied the first hit of the day for the Salukis with a two-out double to left center as she drove in Allie VadeBoncouer to trim the Bradley advantage to 3-1.
Bradley pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the fifth, scoring runs on bunt singles by Roth and Basham to push the advantage to 5-1.
A two-run double off the bat of Hayley Gorman in the top of the sixth and run-scoring single by Taylor Orsburn later in the inning, highlighted a three-run sixth for SIU as the Salukis pulled within a run at 5-4. The Braves answered with a run in bottom half of the frame, however, with Kresl ripping a double down the left field line to plate pinch runner Brianne Joseph (Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls) and give Bradley a 6-4 lead.
Lynch-Crumrine retired the first two batters in the seventh, before hitting Mallory Duran with a pitch, and Camp retired Kelsea Ashton in relief to close out the win. Lynch-Crumrine scattered five hits and four runs (three earned) over six-and-two-third innings to improve to 11-17, while Camp earned her second save of the year.
Bradley scored single runs in each of the first four innings of the second game and Camp pitched around walks in the first and second inning to take a no-hitter into the fifth.
Roth had a bloop single in the bottom of the first and was at third after a stolen base and wild pitch. Basham drew a walk to put runners at the corners and Lynch-Crumrine drove in her fourth run of the day when she hit into a fielder's choice to plate Roth with the first run of the contest.
Sophomore Alex Chandler (Needles, Calif./Needles) led off the second with a double and beat a throw home from third on a bunt by freshman Shannon King (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
In the third, senior Julie Sherman (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) led things off with an infield single and later scored on a Basham single through the right side and the Braves took a 4-0 lead in the fourth after Chandler had another leadoff double. With Chandler at third after a sacrifice bunt, King drove in her second run of the game with a single to right to cap a 3-for-5 day at the plate.
Camp gave up singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as she cruised to the victory to improve to 8-10 on the year. She collected six strikeouts and walked just two in her team-best third complete-game shutout of the year.
Bradley and Southern Illinois close out the regular season Sunday with a single game at noon at Laura Bradley Park. BU's seniors will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at approximately 11:45 a.m.