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Softball Claims Two MVC Weekly Honors Prior To Home Opener On Tuesday

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team claimed two Missouri Valley Conference Softball weekly awards, the MVC office announced on Monday, March 21. Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was named the MVC Pitcher of the Week while freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) was picked the MVC Newcomer of the Week. Newman had a great week in the circle going 3-1 with a 2.10 earned run average with 32 strikeouts to just eight walks. She allowed eight earned runs on 17 hits in 26.2 innings of work while allowing hitters to bat just .181. Newman started the week pitching 8.1 innings in a close loss to SIUE, but bounced back with a pair of complete game wins over Evansville along with getting another victory in a dominant relief appearance over the Purple Aces. On the season, Newman is 10-5 with a 2.46 ERA with league-leading 111 strikeouts. Frank batted .421 with eight hits, five stolen bases, four runs scored, three runs batted in, one home run and one double with a .632 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage in helping Drake go 4-1. She started the week with three hits in a win over Saint Louis and followed that with a home run and a double against SIUE. In Drake’s first win over Evansville, Frank had three hits again along with one run scored and one RBI and two stolen bases. On the season, Frank is hitting .297 and leads the team in home runs with five and is second in RBI with 14. This is the third career MVC Pitcher of the Week award for Newman and the second career MVC Newcomer of the Week award for Frank. Drake (12-10, 3-0 MVC) is set to host South Dakota State in its home opener on Tuesday afternoon. The teams will play a doubleheader at Ron Buel Field with first pitch of game one scheduled for 2 p.m. Following the home opener, the Bulldogs travel to Indiana State for more MVC action as they play the Sycamores on March and 26. Two games are scheduled for Friday with first pitch of game one set for 11 a.m. and a single game will be played on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more