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DeLong delivers 16 K’s as Drake rolls in doubleheader

Even though the Drake softball team was confined to an indoor stadium this weekend, the Bulldogs were ex­cited to start the spring season with victories over South Dakota and North Dakota at the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic last Saturday.

Senior Jenna DeLong recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over South Dakota in game one. DeLong pitched a complete game while allowing just three hits. Senior Erin Mollohan provided a huge boost at the plate, driving in two runs on a double in a four-run sixth inning for Drake. Junior Torey Craddock had two hits and an RBI, and also scored two runs in the game.

The blast of the day came in game two, with fresh­man Nicole Randel making her debut for the Bulldogs. Randel crushed a three-run home run over the right field wall and finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate. Her three-run bomb tied the game and set off another Drake rally in the sixth inning, with the Bulldogs col­lecting six runs in the frame to defeat North Dakota 7-3.

Senior Brynne Dordel earned the victory on the mound in game two, tossing seven innings and allowing just four hits. She also reached double-digits in strike­outs, ending the game with 11.

Mollohan also went 3-for-4 against North Dakota. Sophomore shortstop Macie Silliman drove in two runs.

Both Drake pitchers earned postseason MVC honors last spring. DeLong received all-MVC first team hon­ors, while Dordel made the second team and garnered all-MVC tournament accolades.

The Bulldogs took on Wisconsin-Green Bay and Texas-El Paso on Sunday. The Times-Delphic will have details from those results in Thursday’s issue.

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