Drake University Bulldogs Football recently issued the following announcement.
Redshirt senior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team has earned the final USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for the 2019 season. Announced today by USA Softball, Newman recorded double-digit strikeouts in each outing in the circle at the MVC tournament, including pitching her fifth perfect game of the season.
"I am truly honored to receive this award on the national level," said Newman. "I am so excited for what's in store next with this team as we head into the postseason."
Against Bradley in the tournament-opener, Newman struck 18 batters during her perfect outing and contributed at the plate with two hits. Only three balls were put in play by the Braves in Newman's fifth career perfect game which also set an NCAA single-season Division I record. Against UNI in the title game, Newman pitched a complete game, recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed one run on two hits with one walk.
Newman, who last week was named a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, went 2-0 in the circle with 31 strikeouts and a 0.50 earned run average and was named MVC Tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season. Drake is the first-ever MVC team to sweep back-to-back regular season and conference tournament titles.
This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Newman and first for a student-athlete athlete from Drake.
Newman and her teammates face Georgia Friday night at 6 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament. The game against the Georgia Bulldogs will be broadcast on ESPN2 and take place in Minneapolis, Minn.
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