COOKEVILLE, Tenn - Seniors Ryan Curry (Downers Grove, Ill./South) and Paul Rice (Beardstown, Ill./Beardstown) both had three hits to help led the Bradley baseball team Sunday, but Tennessee Tech collected 15 hits en route to a 9-6 victory against the Braves to wrap up the three-game series at Bush Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn.
Junior Chris Wright (Rochester, Ill. /Rochester) scattered eight hits and struck out five and two-thirds innings of work in a no-decision. The Golden Eagles scored one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth off Bradley relief pitching to pull out the 9-6 victory and win two out of the three games in the series.
Junior Eitan Barbalat (Thornhill, Ontario/Westmount Collegiate Institute) suffered the loss, giving up four hits and two earned runs in one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen. Barbalat picked up his first decision of the season, falling to 0-1 with the loss.
Offensively, the Braves were led by Ryan Curry who went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI and Rice, who was 3-for-6 with one RBI at the plate. Sophomore Mike McMillan (Bloomington, Ill./Normal University) turned in the other multi-hit performance for the Braves, going 2-for-5. Sophomore Colby Luttrell (Kincaid, Ill./South Fork) added his second homerun in as many games, hitting a solo blast.
The Braves pounded out 13 hits, four of which were for extra bases. Curry got the scoring started with a two-run double in the top of the first inning and added single runs in the second and third innings. The Golden Eagles chipped away at Bradley’s lead, scoring once in the first and three times in the third to tie the game at 4-4.
Both teams scored single runs in the fifth inning, before Tennessee Tech took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Steve Soper.
Bradley tied the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by senior Brad Jones (Potomac, Md./Landon School). Tennessee Tech plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning with Sean Reilly driving in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. The Golden Eagles added a pair of insurance runs on a two-run single by Jake New to help Tennessee Tech to a 9-6 lead.
Bradley falls to 3-7 on the season with the loss, while Tennessee Tech improves to 9-6 on the spring.
The Braves will be back in action Tuesday at Saint Louis. First pitch against the Billikens is slated for 2 p.m.