CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Bradley (6-1) continued its late-inning magic by scoring 12 runs in its final three at-bats to rally for a 15-5 win against Xavier (4-3) in the opening game of Austin Peay's Riverview Inn Classic Friday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Facing a Musketeers staff that allowed a total of just six runs in a 3-game series last weekend at #12 North Carolina, Bradley worked over seven Xavier pitchers for 15 runs on 12 hits with 13 walks and four hit batsmen. Shortstop Tyler Leffler led the charge by going 3-for-3 with three walks and five runs scored in his six plate appearances. Austin Jarvis, Evan Gruener and Chris Godinez all drove in three for the Braves.
For the sixth time in Bradley's seven games this season, the Braves faced a deficit through five innings after Xavier jumped ahead, 5-3, on Vinny Nittoli's 3-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore left-hander Cameron Roegner (1-0) relieved two hitters later, however, and teamed with sophomore right-hander Peter Resnick to toss 4.1 scoreless innings. Roegner struck out two and allowed one hit in 1.1 innings to earn the win, while Resnick allowed just one hit in the final 3.0 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Bradley began its rally in the seventh when Leffler followed Greg Partyka's leadoff walk with his second double of the game. Partyka scored on a wild pitch, then Elliot Ashbeck forged a 5-5 tie with a single down the right field line to plate Leffler. With two outs and runners at first and second, Godinez put the Braves back in front for good, 7-5, with a double to left field.
Bradley will continue competition in the Riverview Inn Classic with two games Saturday: 3:30 p.m. against the host Governors and immediately after, approximately 7 p.m., against Dayton. The Braves then will travel to Dayton next weekend for two games each against the Flyers and Wright State.