PEORIA, Ill. - Omaha (19-13) scored eight runs on eight hits in the eighth inning to complete a sweep of its weekend series at Bradley (20-16), rallying for an 11-6 win Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park.
Omaha had managed just four hits against the combination of David Koll and Stephen Toma through the first seven innings, but the Mavs put their first five hitters of the eighth on base with three doubles, a bunt single and a walk. Caleb Palensky made it 5-5 with his 2-run double off Toma (2-4) and Daniel Jewett greeted lefty Cody Kentzel with a 2-run double of his own on the next pitch to put the Mavs in front for good, 7-5.
Unable to muster any offense against Omaha's starting pitchers in either of the first two games, Bradley second baseman Chris Godinez put an end to that trend with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. Max Murphy added a 1-out triple and scored on a Greg Partyka ground out for a 2-0 Bradley lead. The Braves extended the lead to 3-0 when Isaac Smith opened the bottom of the third with his second home run of the year.
Omaha broke through against Koll in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a pair of leadoff walks and a hit-by-pitch in the inning to forge a 3-3 tie. Collin Leif entered the game with a .150 batting average, but started the scoring with a 1-out single to left field. After Toma replaced Koll later in the inning, Clayton Taylor ripped Toma's second pitch for a 2-run double to tie the game.
The Braves immediately regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, however, after Smith opened the frame with a single, advanced all the way to third on a Godinez sacrifice and scored on a Spencer Gaa sacrifice fly. Murphy followed with his second double of the day and he later scored on a Tyler Leffler RBI single.
Bradley will close out its season-long, 9-game home stand Wednesday when the Braves host SIU Edwardsville in a 6 p.m. game at Dozer Park.