Drake’s offense struggled in the two losses with just one run scored, eight hits while stranding 15 runners. The Bulldogs’ lone run came courtesy of freshman Taryn Pena’s (Columbia, Ill.) solo home run in the sixth inning of the series finale. Following this week, Drake travels to Iowa State on April 26 at 4 p.m. for its final non-conference clash of the season before hosting UNI on April 27 at 6 p.m. in the series finale between the two teams. Print Friendly Version UNI (30-13, 9-5 MVC) and Wichita State (23-18, 9-5 MVC) are tied for second in the league standings behind Drake. The Panthers took two out of three games over the Bulldogs last season while Drake won two of three games over WSU. Drake (24-16, 12-2 MVC) is vying to snap a two-game losing streak Tuesday as the Bulldogs dropped two close contests by scores of 2-0 and 2-1, respectively, to Missouri State this past weekend at Buel Field. The first loss to the Bears was the first MVC defeat for the Bulldogs this season, who started league play 12-0, for the best conference start in program history. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University softball team team plays a doubleheader Tuesday at UNI in the first of five Missouri Valley Conference games this week for the team. First pitch for Tuesday’s road doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. Sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and senior Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa) each pitched well in the losses as the two combined for 14.0 innings of work and allowed just four runs (three earned) with 22 strikeouts and just three walks. Newman struck out 11 Bears in the series finale and 11 in the first game of the series, a 6-1 Drake victory. She has struck out 10 or more hitters in a game eight times this season and leads the MVC in strikeouts with 201.