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Softball Advances to the MVC Title Game for Second Consecutive Year

first_imgStory Links PDF Box Score Preview vs. UNI 5/11/2019 – 6 PM Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) was the other Bulldog with two hits. Newman, who improved to 27-6, equaled her career-high in strikeouts with 18, and threw 69 strikes out of 88 total pitches. Bradley (29-21) managed to put just three balls in play with two pop outs and one fly out in Newman’s fifth career perfect game, all this season. She helped herself out at the plate as she was one of six Bulldogs to record two hits. ESPN+ The Bulldogs added their next run in the fourth inning on an unusual play. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.), who reached on a one-out fielder’s choice, stole second with Ryan at the plate as the throw down hit the Braves’ pitcher, Emma Jackson, in the back and rolled all the way to the fence and allowed Buie to score. Ryan, who then lined a single to left field and stole second, scored the team’s third run on Roemmich’s second double that went into the left field gap. Roemmich with 15 doubles is now third all-time at for a single season. Drake tacked on four runs in the fifth inning. Ryan cleared the bases with a standup double that scored three runs. Roemmich followed with her own standup double that scored Ryan. PEORIA, Ill. – Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) threw her fifth career perfect game to help send the Drake University softball team to its second-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game with a 7-0 win over Bradley Friday afternoon at Peterson Field at the Louisville Slugger Complex in Peoria, Ill.center_img Drake (41-14) will play Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on ESPN+ against the winner of SIU or UNI, which played after the Bulldogs and Braves. The winner of Saturday’s championship contest earns the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Full Schedule Roster Newman, who struck out the final seven batters of the game, struck out the side five times in her 23rd game with 10 or more strikeouts. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Next Game: Live Stats Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) ignited the Bulldogs’ offense in the leadoff spot. Roemmich clubbed two doubles and drove in two runs. Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) was a spark in the nine spot of the order with two hits, including a bases clearing double in the fifth inning. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), who also had two hits, had Drake’s first double as it scored in their first at-bat after Roemmich drew a leadoff walk and two batters later Frank’s 10th double found the left field gap for Roemmich to score the first run. Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.), who had two hits, had the team’s other double and has 14 this season, tied for fifth all-time in a single season. It is her 41st career double, a total that puts her alone in third all-time in program history. It is just one behind the top mark held by Haley Nybo (2012-15) and Pam Schaffrath (1990-93).last_img read more