Game 1: at Wright State 7,
Game 2: Bradley 12, at Wright State 3
DAYTON, Ohio – Bradley sophomore center fielder Max Murphy was on base seven times Saturday, going 4-for-7 with four runs batted in on a double, a walk and two hit-by-pitches and the Braves (4-9) earned a doubleheader split against Wright State (4-8) at Nischwitz Stadium.
After dropping a 7-6 decision in the opener of the twinbill, the Braves battled back for a 12-3 victory in the nightcap. Sophomore left-hander David Koll (1-1) earned his first career victory in the second game by limiting the hosts to three runs on six hits in 7.2 innings. Freshman lefty Brent Stong collected his first career save by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the victory.
Leading 5-3 after Stong got the final out of the eighth inning to kill Wright State’s rally, the Braves broke the game open with a 7-run ninth inning. Bradley’s first six hitters in the inning reached base without hitting the ball out of the infield – two walks, an infield single, a hit-by-pitch, a fielder’s choice that did not result in an out and an error. With two runs across and one out, shortstop Tyler Leffler and second baseman David Compitello delivered the big blows with consecutive 2-run doubles.
Leffler was 1-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Murphy and Compitello both were 2-for-5 with two RBI’s.
In the opener, Bradley banged out 14 hits and put nine more runners on base by drawing six walks and getting hit by three pitches, but the Braves stranded 11 runners, allowing the Raiders to rally from a 6-3 deficit.
Wright State, which stranded only three runners, took the lead in the seventh on Gardner’s 2-run double. Bradley got its leadoff man on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but could not take advantage, stranding runners in scoring position with less than two outs in both frames.
Paced by freshman right fielder Brady Wilkin, who was 3-for-5 with a double from his leadoff spot, Bradley’s first three hitters combined to go 7-for-9 with four runs scored and three runs batted in and reached base safely in 12-of-16 plate appearances. In addition to Wilkin, left fielder Mike Tauchman was 2-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice bunt in his five plate appearances, while Murphy was 2-for-2 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches.
The Braves will close out their weekend participation in the Dayton/Wright State Classic with a single game at Sunday (1 p.m. ET) against Dayton at Woerner Field.