Late lead slips away from Golden Eagles as Bradley completes three-game sweep

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech baseball team wrapped up its three game series against Bradley on Sunday afternoon, dropping a pair of games to the Braves 6-1, and 8-6. Bradley jumped ahead early in the first game, taking a 4-0 lead before Tech could get on the board on its way to the win. In game two, Tech built a 6-1 lead, but couldn’t answer a late seven-run inning from the Braves as Bradley completed the three-game sweep of Tech with its 8-6 win.

Chad Oberacker went 3-for-4 at the plate in game two for the Golden Eagles, and had two RBIs after hitting a single, double and a triple. Tate McMillan and Devin Rivers each went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Tristan Archer got the start on the mound for Tech, and threw 5.0 innings, allowing five runs in the no-decision. A.J. Kirby-Jones took the loss for the Golden Eagles, after allowing three runs in 1.2 innings pitched.The Golden Eagles fall to 4-6 on the season, while Bradley improves to 3-3.

In Sunday’s second game the Golden Eagles drew first blood for the first time in the series, as Tech rallied for two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Tech got a hit from Devin Rivers to lead off the inning, and after a balk, Rivers was able to score from second on an RBI single from Trice Powers. Powers would then score on a single from Oberacker to give Tech its two-run lead.

The Golden Eagles added a run in the third after a walk and hits from Rivers and Tate McMillan. But Bradley was able to answer in the top of the fourth inning, cutting Tech’s lead to 3-1 after an RBI triple from Jordan Colvin.

Tech gave itself some breathing room in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three-run rally highlighted by a solo home run from Tate McMillan and an RBI double from Oberacker, to make the score 6-1. But again Bradley would respond, as the Braves first seven batters reached base in the sixth inning as BU pieced together a seven-run rally that put Tech down 8-6.

Tech could only put together three hits against Bradley in Sunday’s first game, as the Braves topped the Golden Eagles 6-1 in a game that began Saturday night, but after a light malfunction, was postponed until Sunday afternoon.

The teams played two scoreless innings Saturday, before finishing the seven-inning game Sunday. Bradley jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a hit, a stolen base and a pair of ground balls scored a run in the fourth inning. A hit, a Tech error, two walks and a hit batter helped Bradley plate three runs in the fifth.

Tech got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning after Casanova Donaldson reach on a dropped-third-strike, then stole second before eventually scoring on a ground ball. But Bradley would pull ahead 6-1 after scoring two more runs in the top of the sixth to seal the victory.

The Golden Eagles and Braves will play the series finale Sunday afternoon. Tech will be back in action with six games next week, including a pair of games against South Alabama on March 9 and 10, before hosting Buffalo in a four-game set on March 12, 13 and 14.