Five Bulldogs Named To MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgTimmons, who has a 3.75 GPA as a sophomore health sciences major, recently earned her second-straight All-MVC Second Team award after a great second season in the circle. She was 14-8 with a 2.83 earned run average and career-high 152 strikeouts during the regular season. 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. Roemmich is a three-time All-MVC honoree after a first-team selection in 2018 and second-team selections in 2017 and this season. Roemmich, who started all 56 games at shortstop, batted a team-high .385 behind an MVC-best 70 hits, had the league lead in doubles with 15 and scored 50 runs, the most in single-season history at Drake. A junior, Roemmich owns a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology major and was recently named the MVC Elite 17 Award winner and a member of the CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-District Team. ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champions received more honors Monday when five members of the Drake University softball team earned spots on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team. All five boast grade point averages of 3.4 or better in their coursework along with tremendous on-field accomplishments. Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Mo.) were named to the first team while Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Sarah Maddox earned spots on the honorable mention team. Pena, who is a three-time first team All-MVC talent, also owns a 3.9 GPA as an elementary education major. She started all 56 games at third base while batting .250 with a team-leading seven home runs, 14 doubles and a career-best 39 RBI. At Drake, Pena is second all-time in career RBI with 116, third in walks with 110 and third in doubles with 42.center_img Maddox started all 26 conference games at first base for the Bulldogs and played in 39 total games on the season while batting .316 with three home runs and 37 RBI. She also led the Bulldogs in slugging at .468 to go along with her 3.46 GPA as an environmental sciences major. Frank added another academic accolade to her resume after earning all-conference honors for the third time in her career. As a senior this season, she started all 56 games at second base while batting .327 with one triple, two home runs, 10 doubles, 27 runs scored and a career-high 40 runs batted in. Frank is Drake’s career leader in walks with 113 and ranks ninth in career runs with 107. In the classroom, she owns a 3.49 GPA as a biology major. The five Bulldogs honored by the MVC for their athletic and academic accomplishments helped Drake become the first-ever MVC team to sweep back-to-back MVC regular season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs’ championship earned them the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament as the program in the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time. Drake has previously made the NCAA Tournament in 1993, 2008 and 2018. Drake begins NCAA Tournament action May 17 against the University of Georgia in Minneapolis, Minn. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN2. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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