Brad Altbach earned his first...
Courtesy: Bradley University
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Bradley Baseball team (3-5) bounced back from a 16-2 loss in Saturday’s first game against one-time Missouri Valley Conference rival Cincinnati (3-5) with an 8-4 victory in the nightcap to earn a doubleheader split against the Bearcats at Marge Schott Field. The teams will conclude their four-game weekend series with a single contest Sunday afternoon.
The Braves used nine hits and took advantage of five Cincinnati errors to end their four-game losing streak in Saturday’s nightcap. Bradley scored three runs in the second inning and five more in the third to take control. Senior leftfielder Grant Escue had a two-run single in the second and added another run-scoring single in the third to lead the Bradley offensive attack.
Junior right-hander Brad Altbach (1-1) worked around his two errors to toss five effective innings en route to his first win of the season. Altbach allowed three runs, one earned, on just four hits and he struck out five in his 5.0 innings. Senior righty Bryan Porter worked the final two innings to close out the Bradley victory.
The Bearcats worked over a pair of Bradley hurlers in the opener, touching both starter Collin Brennan (0-1) and reliever Mike Derby for seven runs on eight hits in their respective 4.0 innings of work. Cincinnati scored multiple runs in the second (3), third (2), fifth (4), seventh (4) and eighth (3) to take a 16-0 lead, before the Braves got on the board with two runs in the top of the ninth.
Cincinnati outhit Bradley, 14-9, in the opener.