PEORIA, Ill. -- The Omaha baseball team defeated Bradley by a score of 4-2 on Friday night at Dozer Park. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 17-13 (5-3 Summit League), while the Braves drop to 20-14 (4-8 MVC).
The night also marked a major milestone for head coach Bob Herold, who earned his 464th career victory to tie former skipper Bob Gates (1976-99) for the most wins in program history.
Sophomore Tyler Fox (6-1) notched his Summit League-leading sixth win on the mound this season, holding Bradley to two hits over 7.0 scoreless innings. He struck out five and issued no walks in his outing. The save went to Josh Bullock (3), who kept BU to one hit with two strikeouts over the final 1.1 innings.
The loss went to Elliot Ashbeck (5-1), who gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one in 7.0 innings pitched.
Sophomore Cole Gruber and junior Daniel Jewett each posted a hit and a run scored for the night, while senior Tyler Splichal and sophomores Alex Schultz and Andrew Dergan each had a hit and an RBI.
Omaha jumped out front in the top of the first, taking a 1-0 lead. Gruber led off the game with a single to center, stole second and advanced to third on a flyout. Senior Brett Bass then singled him in with the Mavs' second hit to center of the inning.
In the second, Jewett started it off by reaching on a fielding error and advanced to third on Splichal's sacrifice groundout. He then scored unearned on Dergan's RBI groundout to short, making it 2-0.
UNO added another run in the sixth. Senior Caleb Palensky drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on Jewett's single to left center, then came in with Splichal's RBI single to center that pushed it to 3-0.
Bradley got on the board in the eighth, plating two runs with Isaac Smith's triple down the left field line to cut it to 3-2.
The Mavs chipped in one more run in the ninth, as redshirt freshman Danny Suiter scored on Schultz's RBI single up the middle to bring the final tally to 4-2.
Omaha and Bradley resume their weekend series on Saturday, April 19. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill., and links to live stats and video will be available on OMavs.com.