STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
Sometimes flashy play and big numbers are not what pay off in the end, and that’s what happened for Bulldogs Softball yesterday. One hit and one run was all the Bulldogs needed to do to take down Iowa University at home.
Freshman Kelsey Wright scored the game’s lone run. After leading the game off with a walk, she advanced to second base on a single from sophomore Megan Sowa. Two sacrifices later, Wright crossed home plate, senior Hayley Nybo picking up the RBI, her 21st of the season.
From there on out, the game relied on the arm of senior pitcher Rebekah Schmidt. She remained in control from the first pitch to the last, throwing her 12th complete game and seventh shutout of the season, leading the team in both categories.
Schmidt did surrender six hits, five more than her opponent gave up, sophomore Shayla Starkenberg, but was able to prevent those baserunners from scoring, what really matters. Schmidt walked one batter on a hit-by-pitch, but also struck out seven.
Schmidt is now third place in the MVC in that category, with 6.70 strikeouts per game. Fellow Bulldog Nicole Newman currently sits atop the conference in that same category with 7.76.
Drake now leads the MVC in team strikeouts, hits against and runs against.
Pitching like this has helped the Bulldogs earn the top spot in the MVC with a record of 17-12.
Drake will return to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series, taking on Loyola University. They will play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday and will finish the series at noon the following day at Ron Buel Field.
The Bulldogs are looking to continue off the success they found the last time these two teams matched up, the Bulldogs defeating the Ramblers 9-1 in five innings on February 13 in Tucson, Arizona at the Hillenbrand Invitational.