Softball Sweeps Indiana State

first_img TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team swept Indiana State in a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Drake (15-11, 5-0 MVC) cruised to a 15-6 win in the first game and blanked Indiana State, 12-0, (7-22, 1-4 MVC) in the second game. Both games went just five innings as the Bulldogs have won their first five MVC games. In the first game Friday, Indiana State took a brief 2-0 lead in the first inning before Drake’s bats broke out for a season high in runs scored. The Bulldogs answered with six runs in the second inning with one run coming off a Sycamores’ errors, three from a double by Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and two runs from freshman Taryn Pena’s (Columbia, Ill.) first career home run. Indiana State got a pair of runs back in the next inning, but in between Sowa plated two more runs with another double and junior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) launched a solo home run. Drake led 10-4 going to the fifth inning as the Bulldogs added to their big lead with five more runs in the fifth. Indiana State scored two runs in its final at-bat, but it wasn’t enough as Drake ended the game early via the eight-run rule. Sowa finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, two doubles and five runs batted in. Chambers also had three hits, including her first home run this season. Pena and fellow freshman Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) each had their first career home runs. Jonas had two RBI while Pena drove in three runs. Starting pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) improved her record in the circle to 11-5 overall as Newman pitched four innings and allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) tossed one inning in relief of Newman and allowed two runs. Sowa scored the first runs in game number two with a two-run home run in the first inning. In the third inning, junior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) ripped a two-run double and Sowa launched a solo home run. In the fourth inning, Smith drove in one run with a single and two more runs scored on the play on a Sycamores error. Sowa capped a career game with her third home run of the contest, a grand slam in the fifth inning. Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa) then retired Indiana State in order to give Drake a 12-0 win that went just five innings again. McKinnon pitched all five innings and allowed just five hits while striking out two Sycamores as she improved her record to 4-5 with the win. Sowa went 3-for-4 at the plate with three home runs, four runs scored and a career-high seven RBI. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Pena and Smith each had two hits. Drake and Indiana State conclude the series on Saturday with a single game starting at 11 a.m.Print Friendly Version Watch Live Live Stats Full Schedule Roster at Indiana State 3/26/2016 – 11:00 AM Preview Next Game:last_img read more

Hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia clash in World Cup opener

first_imgRussia will hope for a dream start to their home World Cup (Courtesy Photos)FIFA World Cup 2018Russia vs Saudi ArabiaLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow-RussiaThursday, 14-06-2018World Cup 2018 hosts Russia will get the tournament started on Thursday evening when they take on the second lowest ranked side at the competition, Saudi Arabia.This is Russia’s fourth World Cup as an independent nation since they broke away from Soviet Union in 1991.Their record in the first game is not the worst as they have lost only one of the previous three games (D1 L1) and with the loss coming at the hands of the Brazilian team that won the 1994 edition, it is at least one that can do away with.However, they have been forced to bring 38-year-old defender, Sergei Ignashevich out of international retirement because of a number of defensive injuries and he is expected to start. They have also been dealt a further blow with the injuries to Aleksandr Kokorin and Fedor Smolov who will not take part in the World Cup.“Our mood is very good; we are ready for work, said Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.“We did a lot of work back in Austria and have reached a good level.“Against Turkey, we showed the kind of game we want to play.The 54 year old has been under pressure from the fans and Russian press about his tactics and team selection.Russia’s head coach Cherchesov has been under pressure from the press and fans“Every coach has to accept criticism, continued Cherchesov.“I don’t read anything and stay focused on my job.“We are trying to do what we’re doing — the fact we are getting criticised, that’s a natural thing in the world we live in today.“We want to do everything we can to turn criticism into positive feedback and we have everything we need to do that.”For Saudi Arabia, they will be featuring in their fourth world cup, the first since 2006 and will be attempting to either match or better their round of 16 elimination in USA 1994.The Green Falcons have collected only one point out of a possible 12 in the first game at the last four World Cups and will be hoping their fortunes change for the better against the hosts.“We have to do our best and progressing to the next stage is not impossible, said Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi.“There are so many unpredictable things in the World Cup.“We are focused now on the opening game and that will set the tone for the other matches.“We are playing the hosts and are very ambitious. Like all the squads, we want to qualify for the final if we can. Nothing is impossible.Osama says they are focused going into the opening gameIndeed nothing is impossible and they will be taking inspiration from famous world cup shocks like Senegal’s win over France in the 2002 opener and that of North Korea over Italy at England 66.Match Facts.This will be the second official game between the two sides with Saudi Arabia winning 4-2 in the other game back in October 1993.Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has never reached the knockout stage of the World Cup in three attempts (1994, 2002, 2014).Russia are winless in their last five games at the World Cup (D2, L3). Their only two victories at the World Cup as an independent nation were against African teams (6-1 versus Cameroon in 1994 and 2-0 against Tunisia in 2002).If he plays, Sergei Ignashevich will become the oldest player to represent Russia at a World Cup (38 years, 335 days), surpassing Lev Yashin’s record of 36 years and 279 days.Saudi Arabia are winless in their last 10 games at the World Cup, losing eight of them, since beating Belgium 1-0 in 1994 and have finished bottom of their group in their last three appearances at the world cup.Saudi Arabia have kept only one clean sheet in their 13 World Cup fixtures. They have also failed to score in seven of their last nine games in the tournament.Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scored 16 goals in qualifying – the joint-most of any player, although eight of those came in two games against Timor-Leste.Russia will surely be fancying their chances against one of the weaker sides in the competition and i think they will win this one.Prediction: Russia to win by a slim margin.Comments Tags: FIFA world Cup 2018RussiaSaudi Arabitoplast_img read more