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