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Aces Complete Sweep of Bradley Following Rain Delay

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After a rain delay of almost an hour and a half in the second inning, the University of Evansville baseball team's offense exploded for 12 runs on 10 hits to complete the three-game sweep of Bradley with a 12-2 win Sunday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference play at Braun Stadium.

"It was an overall great performance by our guys and this is such a special club that is really grinding it out and performing at such a high level," head coach Wes Carroll said.  "It is tough to have to put the tarp on and sit through a rain delay, but afterward, Cole Isom put together a championship effort on the mound."

Junior Jarod Perry led Evansville's (28-14, 9-3 MVC) offensive outburst by going 2-for-3 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.  Senior Jake Mahon drove in a pair of runs by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while junior Kevin Kaczmarski tripled, drove in a run and scored another as part of a 2-for-4 afternoon.  In addition, sophomore Eric McKibban was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, while follow sophomore Jonathan Ramon finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.

"Our offense just ambushed them," Carroll said.  "It was big to put up a seven spot in the third and we had so many guys make quality trips to the plate and get great at bats.  Jake Mahon being able to get a big two-out knock with two strikes to extend the inning was the key to that inning."

On the mound, senior Cole Isom (4-4) turned in a complete-game effort by allowing two runs on five hits in the seven-inning victory.  Isom struck out five without issuing a walk to lower his ERA to 3.79.

The two teams got through an inning and a half, before the skies opened up and heavy rains began to fall at Braun Stadium, delaying the game for an hour and 28 minutes.  After the tarp came off, McKibban set the tone for the rest of the game by driving the first pitch he saw from Bradley (21-19, 4-11 MVC) starter Cameron Roegner into right field for a single, sparking a two-run UE rally.  Ramon followed with an RBI doubled down the line in left, before sophomore Josh Jyawook capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left.

Evansville broke the game open with seven-run third to take a commanding 9-0 lead after three full innings.  The first four Aces' batters reached base in the frame, as sophomore Shain Showers picked up an RBI, when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the frame.  McKibban then scored junior Kyle Pollock with a fly ball to center, before Perry collected an RBI with a single to shallow left.  Later in the inning, Mahon drove in two runs with a double down the left field line and Kaczmarski highlighted the rally with a run-scoring triple to right.

After putting just three runners on base through the first five innings, the Braves got on the board in the top of the sixth on Max Murphy's two-run homer to left, cutting UE's lead to 9-2.

Evansville responded by scoring three runs in its half of the sixth and Isom retired BU in order in the top of the seventh to give the Aces a 12-2, run-rule victory.

"I hope we have a great crowd (Tuesday against Southern Indiana)", Carroll said.  "This is great for the city to have two very competitive baseball clubs going head-to-head.  Hopefully the weather holds off and we have a great crowd to come and support both teams.  Coach (Tracy) Archuleta does a great job out on the west side and we have a good confident bunch that is going in the right direction here at UE."

UE will complete its five-game home stand Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m., when it hosts cross-town rival Southern Indiana for the annual "Battle at The Braun".

Courtesy: UE Sports Information Department

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