COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Bradley opened it’s three-game series at Tennessee Tech with an 11-4 victory and went extra innings in the nightcap, but the Eagles plated a run in the 11th inning to pull out a 7-6 victory and keep the Braves from a doubleheader sweep in non-conference baseball action Saturday in Cookeville, Tenn.
In the first-game of the day, freshman Brad Altbach (Northbrook, Ill. Glenbrook North) surrendered four runs in six plus innings of work, while striking out two and walking three to earn the victory and even his record at 2-2. Sophomore Tyler Thornton (Minier, Ill./Olympia) pitched two plus scoreless innings in relief, as the Braves pounded out 13 hits off TTU pitching in the 11-4 victory to open three-game series.
Offensively, the Braves were led by senior Ryan Curry (Downers Grove, Ill./South) who was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs. Eight of Bradley’s 13 hits in the opener were for extra bases as senior Justin Carr (Camargo, Ill./Villa Grove) and sophomores Dan Brewer (Brookfield, Ill./Lyons Township), Mike McMillan (Bloomington, Ill./Normal University) and Colby Luttrell (Kincaid, Ill./South Fork) each homered.
In the second game, senior right-hander Michael Christl (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), surrendered six earned runs in five innings of work, while striking out five and walking three. Christl left the game with two outs in the sixth and the Braves trailing 6-3, but Bradley would tie the game in the top of the ninth inning to get him off the hook for the loss.
A run-scoring double in the eighth and a pair of RBI singles in the ninth allowed Bradley to tie the game at 6-6 and force extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, TTU received a run-scoring double from Steve Soper, giving the Golden Eagles a 7-6 victory.
Brewer led the Braves offensively in the night cap with three hits, including a double and his second homerun of the afternoon. Carr and Curry both added a pair of hits in the 7-6 loss.
Sophomore Collin Brennan (Williamsville, Ill./Williamsville) pitched five innings in relief of Christl and struck out seven, while giving up two hits, three walks and just one run his first loss of the year (0-1).
Bradley moves to 3-6 on the season with the win, while Tennessee Tech improves to 8-6 on the spring.
Bradley will be back in action Sunday in the third and final game of the series. First pitch at Bush Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn., is set for 1 p.m.