Newman Named MVC Softball Pitcher Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – For the third-straight week, the Drake University softball team has claimed a Missouri Valley Conference softball weekly award. Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) has been named the MVC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, the MVC office announced on Monday, April 4. Newman dominated in the circle in Drake’s series sweep over SIU this past weekend. She opened the series with a complete game with just one run allowed on three hits with 12 strikeouts. Newman followed that with a shutout of the Salukis in game two as she allowed just one hit with 13 strikeouts. In the series finale, Newman came in on relief and pitched 1.2 innings to earn her first save of the season, while striking out three. Overall on the weekend, Newman was 2-0 with one save and a 0.91 earned run average with two earned runs allowed along with 28 strikeouts and eight walks. On the season, Newman is 14-5 with a 2.26 ERA and a conference-leading 149 strikeouts.This is the fourth career MVC Pitcher of the Week award for Newman. Drake has collected numerous MVC awards already this season. Along with Newman’s two MVC Pitcher of the Week honors, freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) has been selected the MVC Newcomer of the Week three times and junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) has been tabbed MVC Player of the Week once. Drake (19-11, 9-0 MVC) sits in first place in the MVC standings as the Bulldogs are set to host in-state rival Iowa State on Tuesday at Ron Buel Field at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Drake travels to Omaha for a doubleheader with the Mavericks starting at 4 p.m. before returning to MVC play this weekend at Loyola for a three-game series with the Ramblers. The Loyola series will start on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon and the series finale will be Sunday at noon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more