Drake’s offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning. The Bulldogs used a combination of patience and timely hitting with five walks and five hits, all singles. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) and Libby Ryan (West Des Moines, Iowa) drew back-to-back bases loaded walks and Johnson added one as well for three runs. The other five runs came from RBI singles by Roemmich, Frank and finally Pena. Frank’s and Pena’s each drove in two runs while Roemmich’s scored one. Frank added one more RBI single in the fourth inning for the Bulldogs’ final run. Drake stays at home as Loyola visits Saturday for a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Loyola 4/13/2019 – 12 p.m. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Preview Drake, the league-leader in walks, showed more patience at the plate with six walks, three by Johnson. Roemmich and Pena each had two hits while Pena added two RBI. PDF Box Score Game 2 Live Stats ESPN+ In the first victory, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) continued her dominance in the circle. Newman, who improved to 15-6 overall, scattered four hits, two walks and one hit batter while striking out 12. The only run was unearned as the Panthers capitalized on a pair of fifth-inning errors by the Bulldogs. Newman has won her last seven starts, all complete games, and nine of her last 12 appearances. She has added one save during that span. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned the win in the circle to improve to 11-7. Timmons pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and worked around five walks. Two of her runs allowed came on solo home runs in the fifth inning and the other on a bases loaded walk to the Valley’s top hitter Sammey Bunch in the fourth. The home runs led off the frame but Timmons settled down and struck out the side around a one-out walk, including freezing the game’s final hitter to end the game early. Story Links As a team, Drake collected 14 hits, led by Newman and Roemmich, who each had three. Frank, Pena and Ryan each had two. Frank and Pena each drove in three runs. Frank and Johnson each stole one base. The Bulldogs drew seven walks. PDF Box Score Game 1 Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team swept Northern Iowa Tuesday night in a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader at Buel Field. Drake (26-13, 12-1 MVC) claimed its fifth consecutive MVC series with 3-1 and 11-3 wins over in-state rival UNI (17-16, 8-5 MVC) and extended its winning streak to 12. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drove in Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) for the game’s first run with an RBI groundout in the first inning. One batter later, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly to left that Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) tagged up on from third to put Drake up 2-0. Two innings later, Pena’s laser shot to center field scored Johnson. In the second win, Pena started the scoring for the Bulldogs with a first-inning RBI double to right field that plated Roemmich. Newman followed with an RBI single through the left side that brought in Johnson.