Softball Collects Multiple All-MVC Awards

first_imgJoining Newman on the All-MVC First Team are seniors Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and sophomore Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa). Junior Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), sophomores Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) were selected to the All-MVC Second Team. Junior Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) was tabbed to the MVC All-Defensive Team. Head coach Rich Calvert along with assistant coaches, Tina DeAngelo and Kasey Griffith, were named the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year for the second-straight season. Roemmich is a three-time All-MVC honoree after a first team selection last season and a second team selection in 2017. This season, Roemmich, who started all 54 games at shortstop, is batting a team-high .386 behind a MVC-best 68 hits, is tied with Pena for the league lead in doubles (13) and scored 49 runs, which is tied for the most in single season history at Drake. Johnson is an All-MVC selection for the second-consecutive season after being named to the 2018 All-MVC Second Team. She is batting .343 with three triples, nine doubles, career-best 23 RBI and a career-high 39 runs scored. Johnson, who has started 53 of 54 games in centerfield, has drawn a program-record and league-leading 44 walks and tallied 22 stolen bases, tied for the fifth-best single season total in school history. This is the third All-MVC accolade for Frank, who was tabbed to the 2016 All-MVC First Team and 2018 All-MVC Second Team. She has started all 54 games at second base while batting .322 with one triple, two home runs, nine doubles, 27 runs scored and a career-high 38 runs batted in. Frank is Drake’s career leader in walks with 113 and ranks eighth in career runs with 109. Newman is just the second MVC athlete to be selected the MVC Pitcher of the Year three times, joining former Creighton standout Tara Oltman (2007-09) in the impressive accomplishment. Newman is 26-6 overall with a 0.91 earned run average (third in nation) and a nation-leading 362 strikeouts. She also leads the country in strikeouts per seven innings at 13.2 and hits allowed per seven innings at 2.66. Her 12 shutouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.62 each rank second in the nation. Her 26 wins are the most by a Drake pitcher since Laurie Bowden won a program-record 28 games in 1990. This season, Newman has four perfect game no-hitters and two no-hitters. She won 10 MVC Pitcher of the Week awards this season and a league-record 23 overall and was tabbed to the All-MVC First Team four times in her outstanding career. She is the Drake and the MVC all-time career strikeouts leader with 1,162 and is Drake’s all-time wins leader with 90, a total that ranks second in the Valley all-time behind Oltman’s 118 career victories. This is the third All-MVC First Team honor for Pena, who earned the honor in 2016 and 2018. She has started all 54 games at third base while batting .240 with a team-leading seven home runs, a league-best 13 doubles and driven in a career-best 39 RBI. At Drake, Pena is second all-time in career RBI with 116, third in walks with 109 and tied for third in doubles with 40. Calvert and his assistant coaches guided Drake to its second-straight MVC Regular Season title. It is the first-ever back-to-back titles in school history and fourth all-time (1993, 2015, 2018, 2019). The team’s 40 wins this season is the second-highest total behind last year’s 45 victories. The Bulldogs won 24 league games this season, tying last year’s league-best total.center_img ST. LOUIS – Redshirt senior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team is the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year for the third time in her career while Newman and several teammates collected All-MVC honors, the MVC office announced Wednesday, May 8. Timmons earned her second-straight All-MVC Second Team award after a great second season in the circle. She is 14-8 with a 2.83 earned run average and career-high 152 strikeouts. Timmons tossed two no-hitters this year, including one against Evansville, when she struck out a career-high 17 batters, including the first nine Purple Aces. Buie is batting a career-high .277 behind a career-best 38 hits along with nine RBI and 29 runs scored. She has played in all 54 games with 53 starts, primarily in left field, and recorded three assists and career-best 79 putouts with zero errors. Ryan, who has started every game, is having an outstanding sophomore season helping her earn her first-ever All-MVC honor. She is hitting a career-best .316 with one triple, three doubles and three home runs, 21 stolen bases, 26 RBI and 36 runs scored. Drake, the 2018 MVC Tournament champions, starts its defense this year on Friday in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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