LAKELAND, Fla. - Bradley rapped out 14 hits, but it was not enough to prevent the Braves (6-5-1) from finishing with its first tie since the 2004 season, a 7-7 decision against Yale (2-6-1) Sunday afternoon in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Henley Park.
In a game played in soggy conditions throughout, the game was called after nine complete innings, resulting in Bradley's first tie since a similar 7-7 result March 28, 2004 at Southern Illinois in the only tie in the history of Missouri Valley Conference action. Bradley had not tied a non-conference game since a 5-5 draw against Iona March 16, 1992 at the San Jose Spartan Classic.
Led by a 3-for-5 performance from senior second baseman Rob Elliott, five Braves recorded multiple hits Sunday. Senior first baseman Jerrod Eigsti was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, including two on an 8th-inning triple. Pinch-hitter David Compitello added an RBI single in the eighth to put the Braves ahead, 7-6.
The Braves failed to hold the lead, however, after reliever Graig Weber issued a leadoff walk and shortstop Jason Leblebijian followed with a throwing error to open the bottom of the eighth. Bradley had a chance to escape the eighth unscathed after reliever Jacob Booden first loaded the bases with a walk, then caught Joe Lubanski looking for the first out.
Booden induced a ground ball from third baseman Chris Piwinski, but Elliott's throw from second on the double play attempt short-hopped Eigsti at first, allowing the tying run to score. The Bulldogs tried to send the runner from second home on the play, but Eigsti alertly threw home to end the inning and preserve the tie.
Bradley stranded nine base runners and hit into four double plays.
The Braves, who have not won in consecutive games for the first time this season, will try to get back on the winning track Friday when they take on Fairfield (5-7) in a 2 p.m. game at Chain O' Lakes Park in Winter Haven. Senior lefthander Tory Doerr (0-1) is expected to start on the mound for the Braves Monday.