PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley center fielder Julie Sherman was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored and catcher Bailiegh Basham was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, leading the Braves (11-14, 1-2 MVC) to their first Missouri Valley Conference win of the season, a 7-4 triumph against Creighton (11-11, 2-1 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park.
Mackenzie Camp (4-4), who pitched all eighth innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bluejays, again went the distance Sunday, scattering nine hits and striking out three to get the win in the series finale.
Camp got off to a rocky start, loading the bases with one out in the first on a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch, but managed to get out of the jam by allowing only one run on a Bri Lingl sacrifice fly.
The Braves answered with a 4-run outburst in the home half of the first. Sherman hit a leadoff single up the middle, then stole second with one out and scored the tying run on a Basham single to center. Basham's base hit was the first of five straight base hits for Bradley. The Braves took the lead for good on Alyson Clemente's RBI single and Madeline Lynch-Crumrine's 2-run double ended Creighton starter Becca Changstrom's day after she recorded just one out.
After the teams exchanged single runs in the second, Bradley stretched its lead to 7-2 in the fourth on Basham's second hit, a 2-run single to plate Sherman and third baseman Jackie Roth.
Bradley ended the game with a 12-9 advantage in hits. The top three hitters in the Bradley order - Sherman, Roth and Basham - combined to reach base 10 times with five runs scored and four runs batted in. Including two by Sherman, the Braves also stole four bases Sunday.
Bradley will continue its 4-game home stand Thursday by hosting Illinois in a 4 p.m. game at Bradley Park. Admission is free for all Bradley Softball home games.