NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Baseball fell to Bradley 14-10 on Saturday afternoon despite a ninth inning rally.
Senior Connor Etheridge (Springfield, Ill.) got the start on the bump Saturday afternoon. After a leadoff base hit and stolen base, Bradley found itself in scoring position, but Etheridge got his first strikeout of the game. In the bottom of the first, Belmont started off with hot bats. After a lead-off fly out, Belmont recorded three straight hits. Junior Hunter Holland (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) recorded the first hit and run of the game with the help of a RBI by junior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.).
The Braves tied the score in the top of the second and never looked back. Bradley struck again in the top of the third, scoring three more runs from a three-run homer.
After giving up three runs in the top of the fourth, Reynolds recorded another RBI in the bottom of the fifth to keep the Bruins within striking distance, but Bradley would open things up in the top of the sixth. The Braves scored five runs with the help of a couple base hits and walks to extend the lead to 12-4.
BU was able to keep the Braves at bay for two innings before giving up two more runs in the top of the ninth. The Bruins headed into the bottom of the ninth with work to do.
The Bruins never gave up, putting together a string of hits to score six runs in the bottom of the ninth. Belmont took advantage of two Bradley errors, including one that would end the game to keep battling. Bradley would ultimately hang on for the 14-10 victory.
The final game of the series will be Sunday, March 4 at E.S. Rose Park. Action will begin an 1:00 p.m.