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Offense goes cold for Drake at South Florida

Last Friday was day one of the South Florida Invitational, and it was cancelled due to rain. On Saturday, the Bulldogs simply could not find any offensive rhythm to muster out a win.

Drake went 0-2 this weekend, losing to Arkansas 4-1 and then to Georgia Southern 2-0. The losses put the Bulldogs’ record at 2-4 on the season.

Arkansas got off to a good start with a two-run double in the first inning. The Bulldogs responded later that inning with an RBI single by senior Torey Craddock to shorten the gap and make it 2-1. But Drake managed just four hits for the entire game and never got any closer.

It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Razorbacks put the game out of reach. A solo home run and then a bases-loaded walk gave Arkansas all the insurance it needed to round up the final score at 4-1.

Sophomore Jordan Gronewold took the loss for the Bulldogs. Gronewold went seven innings and allowed 11 hits, three walks and four earned runs. She also recorded three strikeouts. Gronewold is now 1-2 this season.

Game two against Georgia Southern did not wake up the dormant Drake offense. The Bulldogs managed just two hits the entire game, wasting a solid performance by freshman Rebekah Schmidt.

In just her second collegiate start, Schmidt was impressive throughout the game, allowing just two earned runs on six hits to go along with four walks and seven strikeouts. Schmidt dropped her record to 1-2 this season.

The Bulldogs took on Wisconsin yesterday. The results can be found in the next issue of The Times-Delphic.

Next weekend, Drake will hit the road once again. The Bulldogs will travel to Texas to be a part of the Texas-Arlington Tournament. Drake will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Houston Baptist on Friday.  The Bulldogs will then face Texas at Arlington on Saturday and will hope to be in contention to play the semifinal game.


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