EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Chris Godinez and Greg Partyka both went 3-for-5 to lead a 13-hit attack, leading Bradley (24-17-1, 7-8 MVC) to a 6-5 win at Evansville (26-18, 7-8 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Braun Stadium.
The Braves won their school season record 11th 1-run decision to earn their first Missouri Valley Conference road series win since sweeping Southern Illinois in a 3-game set in Carbondale April 11-13, 2008.
The win didn't come without stress, however. After cruising into the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead, Bradley relievers Danny Gifford and Steve Adkins combined to hit three batters and walk two more. Evansville scored three times with the bases loaded on a ground out, hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly, but left the tying and winning runs in scoring position when Jake Mahon flew out to end the game.
The Braves grabbed the early lead with a 3-run second inning, highlighted by a Godinez RBI double.
After Evansville pulled to within 3-1 on a Kevin Kaczmarski RBI double in the fourth, Bradley extended its lead to 5-1 with two more runs in the fifth. Mike Tauchman opened the inning with a single and Max Murphy followed with a double. Partyka plated Tauchman with a ground out and Austin Jarvis later brought home Murphy with a 2-out single.
Bradley again had the answer after Evansville pushed across a second run in the sixth inning, as Partyka opened the seventh with a single, moved to second on a Jason Leblebijian sacrifice and scored on a Schuch single.
Senior lefthander Tory Doerr (4-2) turned in his second strong start of the week to earn the win. After allowing three runs in 6.1 innings to start Bradley's 4-3 win versus Northern Illinois Wednesday at O'Brien Field, Doerr got the nod as the Sunday starter and responded by allowing two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings at Evansville.
With final exams beginning this week, Bradley will not play a midweek game and will be off until hosting Creighton in a 3-game Valley series, starting with a 6 p.m. game Friday at O'Brien Field.