Softball Splits With Missouri State On Saturday

first_imgThe Bulldogs had a chance to tie it up but left two runners on as they ended the game stranding nine total runners on. Sowa led Drake’s offense by going three-for-three with two runs, while Frank tallied two hits and two runs. In the nightcap, a pair of Bulldog miscues allowed the Bears to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth-inning. MSU threated to add to its lead in the fifth and sixth but left the bases loaded both times. The Bulldogs put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth-inning. With two Bulldogs on, Taryn Pena singled through the left side to score Frank and as Megan Sowa was advancing to third on the throw home, the Bears sailed the ball into left field trying to get Sowa out a third, allowing Sowa and Pena to score. Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team split the first two games of a three-game series to Missouri State on Saturday at Buel Field. The Bulldogs took game one 6-1 as the Bears managed to win the nightcap 2-0. Drake extended its lead, 3-1, in the fifth with a RBI walk by Gabbie Jonas. Newman nearly put the Bears down in order to close out the 6-1 victory.center_img The Bears managed to add an insurance run in the seventh on a solo home run by Mary Stephens. The Bulldogs got on the board first in third-inning, taking a 2-0 lead. Kennedy Frank blasted a solo homer off the scoreboard in right center to put Drake up 1-0. Then MSU’s Jessie Van Es went on to walk the bases loaded. The very next batter, Ashlie Chambers earned a sacrifice fly, giving Drake a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Nicole Newman pitched a gem for Drake to start the day as she threw a complete game two-hitter and tallied 11 strikeouts. The Bears managed to get a run back, 2-1, in the top of the fourth when Erin Duewel ripped a homer down the left field line. MSU’s Erin Struemph limited the Bulldogs to just three hits and struck out nine. Drake’s Mariah McKinnon suffered the loss as she gave up one unearned run and allowed only five hits in five and two-thirds innings. Newman finished her day as a reliever and struck out five in an inning and two-thirds. The series finale will be Sunday at noon.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more