PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley sophomore right-hander Rob Scahill (4-3) flirted with a no-hitter and junior centerfielder Dan Brewer hit a 3-run home run, leading the Braves (19-19) to a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory versus visiting Chicago State (5-34) Friday afternoon at O’Brien Field.
Scahill allowed one run on two hits in 8.0 innings. He was perfect through five, faced the minimum 18 hitters through six and did not surrender a hit until one out in the seventh.
Scahill’s perfect game ended with one out in the sixth inning when Bradley shortstop Tommy Fitzgerald dropped Simeon Morgan’s two-hop grounder. Morgan was immediately erased on an inning-ending strikeout, caught stealing double play. Lacelle McKinley ended Scahill’s no-hit bid with one out in the seventh by lacing a sharp single into centerfield. He then stole second and advanced to third on Josh Applebaum’s grounder to second, but Scahill kept the shutout in tact by getting Matt Haug on another grounder to second on the next pitch.
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Bradley pushed the lead to 4-0 in the seventh when Fitzgerald reached on an error, went to second on Brett Hendricks’ sacrifice and scored on Escue’s two-out single to center.
Scahill experienced a sudden loss of control when he opened the eighth by unloading seven consecutive balls and ultimately walked the first two hitters: Jonathan Wilson and Chris Goya. Scahill got Jordan Haas to ground into a double play, but Morgan ended the shutout bid by following with a single to centerfield, pulling
Colby Luttrell immediately got the run back for the Braves by leading off the bottom of the eighth with a first-pitch homer to right center for the 5-1 Bradley lead. Jim Clayton followed with a single to right and Tommy Fritz was hit by a pitch two batters later to put runners at first and second with one out, ending the day for Vargas. Submarining right-hander Michael Storrs relieved and hit Fitzgerald with his first pitch to load the bases, but he got pinch-hitter Mike Brumleve and Elliott on pop outs to end the eighth.
Sophomore right-hander Brad Altbach relieved Scahill to start the ninth and worked around a one-out walk to end the game in just 1-hour, 52-minutes.
Playing around the Peoria Chiefs weekend home schedule, Bradley and