EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Bradley swept a three-game Missouri Valley Conference road series for the first time since 2004 and improved to 5-1 to start Valley play for the second consecutive year, completing a series sweep with a 2-0 shutout at Evansville Sunday afternoon.
Senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine (Sedro-Woolley, Wash./Sedro-Woolley) struck out a season-high seven and pitched a complete game shutout, while fellow senior Marina Groenewegen (Surrey, British Columbia/Elgin Park Secondary/Southern Idaho) delivered the big hit of the game with a two-run, pinch hit double in the bottom of the sixth.
The three-game sweep of Evansville was Bradley’s (14-17 overall, 5-1 MVC) first Valley road series sweep since taking three games at Indiana State during April of the 2004 season. Sunday’s win also pushed the Braves to 5-1 to open Missouri Valley Conference play for the second consecutive year and the third time program history.
Bradley left five runners in scoring position in the first three innings and stranded runners in each of the first five frames before finally breaking through in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Kelly Kapp (Freeburg, Ill./Gibault Catholic) had a bunt single to open the sixth and junior Shannon King (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) followed with a single of her own. With two outs and runners at second and third after a Bradley sacrifice bunt, Groenewegen delivered with a pinch hit, two-run double to left to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Evansville (12-12 overall, 1-4 MVC) didn’t advance a runner past second base in the contest and Lynch-Crumrine held the Purple Aces to just four singles as she tossed her second complete game shutout in nine days and sixth of her career. Lynch-Crumrine improved to 9-8 on the year and 4-0 in MVC play with the win.
Megan Gurski took the loss in the circle for Evansville to fall to 4-6 on the season. She struck out six and walked three in the setback.
Senior Brianne Joseph (Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls) had her seventh multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-4, while King also tallied her seventh multi-hit outing of the year with a 2-for-3 effort as the duo combined for four of Bradley’s eight hits.
The Braves return to action Thursday, playing a 4 p.m. game at SIU Edwardsville.