NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman catcher Austin Jarvis' first career home run came in walk-off fashion, lifting Bradley (2-1) to a 7-5 win versus Dayton (1-3) in 11 innings Sunday afternoon at Dugan Field. Bradley will wrap up its season-opening trip to Nashville with a second game versus Lipscomb this afternoon.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning before the starting pitchers settled in. Following a 2-run single by Dayton catcher Danny Welch in the top of the first, Bradley answered in the home half of the opening frame with an RBI single by left fielder Mike Tauchman and the season's first home run, a solo blast by freshman designated hitter Greg Partyka.
After allowing two first-inning hits, Bradley starter Jon Nasshan did not surrender another hit in his 7.0 innings of work, but he was charged with a third run in the seventh that allowed the Flyers to take a 3-2 lead. Nasshan hit leadoff hitter Jimmy Roesinger, then threw wild on a pickoff attempt to send the runner to second. Catcher Austin Jarvis also threw wild on another pickoff attempt, allowing Roesinger to score.
Nasshan allowed three runs, two earned, on just the two first-inning hits, walking two and striking out three in his season debut.
The Braves used a 2-out rally in the eighth to pull even. Andres Rodriguez and Brian Martin both singled to put runners at first and second and third baseman Rob Elliott followed with a third straight single to plate Rodriguez with the tying run.
Roesinger gave the lead right back to the Flyers in the ninth with a solo home run, but the Flyers gave the tying run back to the Braves in the home half of the ninth. Jerrod Eigsti drew a leadoff walk, but after a 1-out Jason Leblebijian single, he got caught at third on a fielder's choice play. Pinch-hitter James Kottaras hit a 2-out ground ball to third and Leblebijian scored when the potential game-ending throw to first sailed wide.
Welch started Dayton's 11th-inning rally with a one-out single, and after Roesinger chased Bradley reliever Tory Doerr with a second straight single, Mike Coughlin greeted Bradley's third pitcher, Andy Johnson (1-0), with an RBI double.
Eigsti drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th and took second on a Derek Sprout sacrifice. A Leblebijian single put runners at the corners with one out and Jarvis followed with his game-winning blast to left.