Softball Visits Iowa for Midweek Game Before Home Opener Against Bradley

first_img Bradley Game 1 ESPN3 Bradley Game 2 ESPN3 Iowa Live Video ($) The Bulldogs will take the short trip north next week to play at Iowa State April 4 at 4 p.m. before hosting Southern Illinois for a three-game series, April 7-8.  Print Friendly Version Bradley Game 3 ESPN3 Bradley Live Stats Story Links After picking up two wins last weekend over Indiana State, Drake (21-9, 5-0 MVC) is the only Missouri Valley team to remain undefeated in conference play. The Bulldogs defeated Indiana State by scores of 4-0 and 8-0 before the final game of the series was cancelled due to weather. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) picked up her third MVC Pitcher of the Week honor of the season after pitching a one-hit, shutout in the series opener over the Sycamores. Newman struck out a season-high 15 batters and allowed just one walk to earn her 51st career win, tying for sixth all-time in school history. She also moved into fourth all-time at Drake with 661 career strikeouts. This season Newman is 9-2 with a league-best 0.77 earned run average and 106 strikeouts to just 12 walks in just 64.0 innings of work. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched the second game of the series where she allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings. Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif) relieved Timmons in the second contest and allowed just three hits in two innings. Newman, Smith with a 1.27 ERA and Timmons with a 1.36 ERA hold the top ERAs, respectively, in the Valley this season. The trio has allowed just two earned runs in conference action so far. IOWA CITY, Iowa – Following a midweek matchup at in-state rival Iowa, the Drake University softball team is set for its home opener, March 30-31 against Bradley at Buel Field. The Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Iowa City Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game before kicking off a three-game series versus the Braves. The series starts Friday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. before the series finale Saturday at 12 p.m. All three games against Bradley will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Iowa (13-13, 1-1 Big Ten) split its series against then No. 17 Michigan in the opening weekend of conference play. The Hawkeyes snapped Michigan’s 18-game winning streak with an RBI double from senior Allie Wood in the bottom of the sixth in the second game of their weather-shortened series in Iowa City. Wood is batting .304 with a team-best 24 hits and 13 RBIs. Iowa has a home doubleheader scheduled Tuesday against Green Bay before facing the Bulldogs. Iowa Live Stats Bradley (13-15, 2-2 MVC) opened its conference season going 1-1 against UNI before splitting a doubleheader against Loyola last weekend as it also had a weather-shortened series. The Braves boast Allison Apke who holds the Valley’s top slugging percentage at .809. Apke also ranks second with eight home runs, which ties for the fourth-best season total in school history.last_img read more