Softball Travels To Las Vegas For Alexis Park Classic Hosted By UNLV

first_imgLAS VEGAS – The Drake University softball team continues the 2016 season with a trip west to Las Vegas for the Alexis Park Resort Classic hosted by UNLV. Drake (6-3) is scheduled to play five games in Vegas, starting with matchups against New Mexico State and Oregon on Friday followed by Saint Mary’s and UNLV on Saturday before the tournament finale against Florida Atlantic on Sunday morning. Friday and Saturday games will have first pitches of 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CST, respectively, while Sunday’s first pitch versus the Owls will be at 11 a.m. CST. Drake travels to Vegas on the heels of a 9-2 comeback win over the Arkansas Razorbacks last Sunday in the final game of the Razorback Invitational. Trailing 2-1 entering the sixth inning the Bulldogs seized control of the contest against the host school as their offense erupted for six runs in the frame. Junior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) started the comeback with a bases-loaded double that drove in two runs. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) tossed a complete game and allowed just two runs while recording six strikeouts as she improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season. Finneran and Newman have been instrumental in Drake’s strong start to the year. Finneran is hitting .414 behind a team-leading 12 hits with a team-high seven runs scored. Newman has four complete games with a 2.40 ERA and 48 strikeouts. A pair of freshmen, Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.), are off to hot starts at the plate in their first seasons, both are hitting a team-best .429. Frank leads the team in home runs with three and runs batted in with 10. Drake starts the tournament against two tough opponents in New Mexico State and Oregon. The Aggies own a 13-6 overall record while the Ducks are 12-4 and ranked No. 7/8 in NFCA/USA Softball polls. Saint Mary’s is 3-7 overall and UNLV owns an 8-8 record while Florida Atlantic is a stellar 13-2 on the season. A nine-game spring break road trip is next on the schedule for the Bulldogs after the tournament in Las Vegas. The trip begins with neutral games against Ohio on March 12 & 13 in Bloomington, Ind., followed by a doubleheader against Indiana on March 14. Drake will then play at Saint Louis on March 15 and at SIUE on March 16 before opening Missouri Valley Conference play at Evansville on March 19 & 20.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rowing Finishes Third at 2019 MAAC Championship

first_img2V8 (4th, 07:37.041)C Stock8 Rimes*7 Roehrs6 Lajoie5 Hargreeves4 Hovland3 Hunt2 Faria1 Hovland­ “The team brought everything together today,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “Our team had a goal to earn a top three finish. We set that goal back in January when we assumed that we would row at home. Our physical condition was outstanding, we were in the best shape ever and we’re so mentally tough from constantly erging and no practice water time and came together as team.”The 2019 MAAC championship was contested on a 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River in the Cooper River Park. Marist ended Jacksonville’s five-year championship run as the Red Foxes edged the Dolphins, 53-49 for the conference title. The Bulldogs earned 37 points for the third-place finish ahead of Stetson University, which had 32 points. Robert Morris rounded out the top five with 30 points. Canisius (22), Fairfield (21), Manhattan (19) and Sacred Heart (7) rounded out the bottom of the standings. Story Links Several Bulldogs earned individual honors as 11 were selected to the MAAC All-Academic team. Freshman Clara Froeschner and senior Sarah Konopacki garnered All-MAAC Rowing First Team accolades while seniors Madison Peterson and Erica Thacker garnered second team honors. Marist claimed the conference’s automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Championship May 31-June 1 at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek ParkLineups/Results/TimesV8 (4th, 07:07.904)C Rambhia*8 Bigus7 McNeely*6 Peterson*(2)5 Konopacki*(1)4 Dahlstrom*3 Thacker*(2)2 Smith1 Froeschner (1) The varsity 4 boat began the day for the Bulldogs with a third-place finish in their morning’s heat to advance. The 2nd varsity 8 moved on after it finished third behind Jacksonville and Manhattan, respectively. Finally, the varsity 8 was next and made up a large deficit on Manhattan over the final 1,000 meters to place third to also advance. Pennsauken Township, N.J. – The Drake University rowing team finished third at the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday, May 19. It is the best MAAC finish for Drake since 2016 when it also earned a third-place showing.center_img Drake, which was only one of four teams that had all three of its boats advance to afternoon grand finals, was led by its varsity 4 boat that claimed a bronze medal while the Bulldogs’ varsity 8 and 2nd varsity 8 boats each placed fourth in their respective grand finals. V4 (3rd, 08:20.890)C Killian*4 Janes*3 White2 Coffman*1 Cogdill Final Results “Our four really led us off so well today,” DiSilvestro said. “We made sure we got faster from heats to finals and all three boats did that today led by them who shaved 31 seconds off their time. We were a little disappointed to be in sixth after heats but we reset and used our great fitness, mental toughness and real team effort to battle Robert Morris, Jacksonville and Marist and get that top three finish.” *MAAC All-Academic Team selection (Elyse Simons also named to team)(1) All-MAAC First Team(2) All-MAAC Second Team Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more