KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Bradley junior designated hitter Brad Kimball hit a fifth-inning grand slam, the big blow in Sunday's 6-2 victory versus Indiana (6-4) in the final round of the Tennessee Classic Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Benefitting from a 5-run outburst in the fifth, Bradley starting pitcher Jacob Booden (1-0) picked up his first win of the season by tossing 5.0 scoreless innings. The 6-foot-9 junior right-hander scattered five hits and struck out three.
Indiana starting pitcher Brian Korte matched Booden through the first four innings, keeping the Braves off the board while allowing only one hit. But the Hoosiers bullpen ran into immediate trouble when reliever Reed Reznicek (0-1) started the fifth.
Bradley shortstop Jason Leblebijian drew a walk to start the home half of the fifth. After Reznicek retired the next two hitters, he walked center fielder Brian Martin and third baseman Rob Elliott to load the bases. Tyler Thicke relieved and promptly walked left fielder Mike Tauchman to force home the game's first run. Kimball followed with his first home run of the season, clearing the bases and spotting the Braves a 5-0 lead.
Indiana outhit Bradley, 11-4, but four Braves pitchers managed to work around the damage to limit the Hoosiers to just one earned run. Although they allowed just four hits, Indiana's five pitchers combined to surrender eight walks.
Tauchman was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI and reached safely in all four of his plate appearances. Martin drew three walks and Leblebijian turned both of his free passes into runs.
Bradley will return to action by playing eight games at the RussMatt Baseball 2011 Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla., from March 11-19. The Braves will open the event against Toledo Friday morning.