NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bradley third baseman Curtiss Bunch tied the single-game school record with three doubles and a pair of pitchers combined on a 4-hit shutout as the Braves (6-9) won their third straight game, a 7-0 decision at Lipscomb (6-13) Friday afternoon at Ken Dugan Field.
Junior righthander John Nasshan (1-3) allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings to start the game and freshman righty Elliot Ashbeck worked around a pair of singles and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth to complete Bradley’s first shutout since a 4-0 home win against Southern Illinois May 8, 2011, a game also started by 8.0 innings from Nasshan. The Braves had not posted a shutout in a true road game since a 4-0 win at Arkansas-Little Rock Feb. 25, 2011.
The Braves got all the offense they needed in the first inning when sophomore center fielder Max Murphy blasted a 2-run home run to deep left field. Bunch added RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings, then legged out his third double of the day in the eighth inning, the 18th time a Bradley player has doubled three times in a single game and the first time since Matt Fritz completed the trifecta April 25, 2010 at Evansville.
The Braves will remain in Nashville for their next two games, Saturday (4 p.m.) at Belmont and Sunday back at Lipscomb. Sunday’s game against the Bisons has been moved up an hour, to noon, to accommodate Bradley’s flight to Orlando for next week’s games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
NOTES: Senior left fielder Mike Tauchman beat out a bunt single in front of Murphy’s home run in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games … Junior DH Greg Partyka, who was hit by a pitch in the fifth and tripled in the ninth inning, has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games … Nasshan did not allow a hit until one out in the fourth inning and, aided by a pair of inning-ending double plays, faced only four hitters more than the minimum in his 8.0 innings Friday.