December 24

Softball Defeats Illinois State, 5-1, To Advance To MVC Tournament Title Game

first_imgSophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) drove in Drake’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.). Two innings later, Smith added another run to the scoreboard with a sacrifice bunt fielder’s choice that plated Frank once again. Newman helped her cause at the next at-bat with an RBI single that brought in freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) drove in the final two runs of the frame with a two-RBI single that scored Newman and Smith as Alexander was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double but not before Drake built a 5-0 lead. Next Game: Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched a complete game against Illinois State (20-33). Newman, the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year, allowed one run on three hits with 12 strikeouts and just one walk as she improved to 22-12 with the win. Full Schedule Roster The Valley On ESPN3 Preview Live Stats Illinois State scored its only run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Riley Strandgard. Newman wasn’t fazed as she didn’t allow one hit after Strandgard’s home run.center_img Alexander led the Bulldogs with two hits and two RBI while Frank, Newman, Pena and junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) each had one hit. Watch Live CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University softball team defeated Illinois State, 5-1, in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal Friday to advance to Saturday’s championship game at Charlotte West Stadium. vs. Wichita State 5/14/2016 – 1:00 PM Drake (30-23), the tournament number two seed, will play top-seeded Wichita State in the program’s first title game appearance since 2011. Drake will look to avenge a series-sweep at the hands of Wichita State earlier this season. The winner of the 1 p.m. title game will earn the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The game against the Shockers will be shown online on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more