Live Stats Drake grabbed its first lead of the game with a three-run fifth-inning behind some classic small ball that featured timely hitting and aggressive baserunning. Senior Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) started the inning with a pinch-hit four-pitch walk off Panthers’ starter Jaclyn Spencer. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) followed and reached on an error by the Panthers’ first baseman Brooke Krodinger. The pair then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa). Mandi Roemmich’s RBI groundout to short scored Schlotzhauer for the go-ahead run. Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) then hit back-to-back RBI singles that scored Buie and Johnson, respectively, to extend Drake’s lead to 4-1. Next Game: Drake will wait to hears its name during the 2019 NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Drake (42-14) is the first-ever MVC team to sweep back-to-back MVC regular season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs’ championship earned them the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament as the program will be in the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time ever. The teams traded runs in the third inning. For the Panthers, Spencer hit a leadoff opposite field home run over the left field wall on an 0-2 count. It was just the second home run Newman allowed to an MVC opponent all season. But, the Bulldogs aggressive base running in the bottom of the frame tied the game. Ryan, who drew a one-out walk, stole second with Roemmich at the plate. After Roemmich’s flyout and with Johnson at the plate, Ryan took off for third base as the catcher’s throw sailed into left field. Ryan popped up and raced home as the throw from left field sailed high as Ryan slid in for the tying run. PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster Frank, Johnson and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill) each had one hit for the Bulldogs. Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University softball team won its second-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title with a 4-1 victory over UNI Saturday night at Peterson Field at the Louisville Slugger Complex. The teams had to wait out a five-hour delay due to heavy rain in the area as first pitch was moved from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ESPN2 Preview Newman allowed just one more hit after Spencers’ home run and twice got out of jams with Panthers in scoring position. She hit the leadoff batter in the fifth who later reached second but was stranded after Newman coaxed an inning-ending popout. In the sixth, UNI put runners on first and second with two outs, but Newman slammed the door with a strikeout. In the final inning, Newman struck out the first two batters and then got a groundout to Pena to end the game. Frank, Roemmich and Ryan were named to the All-Tournament team while Newman joined them and earned tournament MVP honors for the second-straight year. vs. Georgia 5/17/2019 – 6 PM Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched another complete game with double-digit strikeouts. Newman, who improved to 28-6 on the season, allowed one UNI (28-23) run on one walk and two hits and struck out 13. She matched Laurie Bowden (1990) single-season victory total in her 24th game with 10 or more strikeouts.
"Softball Wins Back-to-Back MVC Tournament Titles"