MACOMB, Ill. - Bradley pounded out a season-best 19 hits and hit three home runs en route to a 15-9 win at Western Illinois (8-13) Saturday afternoon at Boyer Stadium.
Freshman second baseman Chris Godinez led the way for the Braves (12-11-1) from his leadoff position, going 5-for-7 with two doubles, his first career home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Godinez was one of three Braves to drive in three runs and one of six Bradley players to record multiple hits.
Highlighted by a 7-run outburst in the top of the sixth, the Braves built an 11-0 cushion for starting pitcher Justin Ziegler (2-2), who turned in his strongest out of the season. The senior right-hander allowed one run on five hits in 6.0 innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
After going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Friday's 2-1 loss, Bradley started down a similar path Saturday by stranding five runners in the first two innings without scoring. The Braves broke through with a 2-out RBI single from catcher Derek Sprout in the third.
Center fielder Max Murphy started the run-scoring rally when he was hit by a pitch with two outs, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 24 games. After Murphy stole second, Bob Schuch reached on an error to put runners on the corners, setting the table for Sprout, who singled into left field.
Sprout, who reached base five times by going 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks and a hit-by-pitch, hit a solo blast in the fifth inning. Godinez hit a 3-run home run in the big sixth inning and Schuch added a 3-run blast of his own in a 4-run eighth inning.
The teams will conclude their 3-game weekend series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Boyer Stadium. Junior right-hander John Nasshan (2-2) is expected to get the pitching start for the Braves.
NOTES: Bradley's 15 runs were the most since a 19-3 victory Feb. 25 versus UALR in Nashville, Tenn., and were the most the Braves have scored in a true road game since a 16-5 win at Hawai'i-Hilo March 22, 2007 ... Bradley had not scored at least 15 runs in true road game against a NCAA Division I opponent since a 16-6 win at Wisconsin-Milwaukee April 20, 2004 ... Bradley had not scored at least 15 runs twice against NCAA Division I competition in the same season since the Braves followed a 21-3 win against Toledo with a 16-3 decision against Long Island March 13-14, 2005 in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Bradley batters were hit by five pitches, just the second time the Braves have been plunked at least five times since April 27, 1932 versus Illinois Wesleyan (6), and equaling the third-most since the record, seven, was set May 21, 1929 against Western Illinois.