CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - After scoring seven unanswered runs in yet another come-from-behind win in Saturday's first game, the Bradley Baseball team ran out of late-inning magic in the nightcap Saturday, splitting its final two games in Austin Peay's Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Right fielder Max Murphy drove in six runs on the strength of three home runs as the Braves (7-2) rallied for an 11-5 win Saturday afternoon against Dayton (3-6), but the Braves could not overcome Austin Peay's 5-run first inning in the late game, falling 10-6 to the host Governors (4-7) in their round robin finale.
Trailing 7-2 through four innings, Bradley did manage to pull to within 7-6 heading to the bottom of the seventh, but the Governors got a solo home run in the seventh and a 2-run shot in the eighth to prevent Bradley's seventh come-from-behind win of the year.
Murphy became the fifth player in Bradley history and first since Chad Johnson in 1998 to hit three home runs in a single game when he ripped a 2-run blast in the first inning, a solo shot in the third and a 3-run shot in the eighth inning against the Flyers.
Playing from behind through the first four innings, Bradley pulled even in the fifth when Spencer Gaa opened the home half of the frame with a triple and scored on Greg Partyka's sacrifice fly. The Braves then took the lead for good in the sixth when Austin Jarvis opened the inning with a double and scored on Isaac Smith's 1-out double.
Bradley will face Dayton two more times next weekend when the Braves participate in the UD/WSU Tournament, co-hosted by Dayton and Wright State. The Braves will open the 4-game set Friday (1 p.m. CST) against Wright State.