Softball’s Season Ends in 2019 NCAA Tournament with Loss to Georgia

first_img Photo Gallery Georgia had runners on first and second with one out when the game was delayed for lightning Saturday night. Game officials later suspended the game with inclement weather heading towards Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. On Sunday, officials determined it was too cold and field unsafe so the game was pushed to Monday morning. Print Friendly Version PDF Box Score Drake (43-16) and Georgia (42-18) endured a nearly 36-hour weather delay after play was suspended Saturday night due to inclement weather and Sunday was too cold and the field conditions unsafe so the suspended game was pushed until Monday morning. Full Schedule Roster After getting just one base runner on in the bottom of the fifth, Drake’s bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh. Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa), who had an outstanding NCAA Tournament, led off with a sharp single up the middle. Roemmich reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a throwing error by the shortstop. After Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) popped out, Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) followed with an opposite field single to left. On the first pitch, Pena hit a double to right center field that scored Roemmich and Johnson and kept the game going. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was up next but struck out looking to end Drake’s season in the NCAA Tournament. MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 25 Drake University softball team lost to No. 14 Georgia, 7-4, Monday, May 20 morning in an elimination game in the Minneapolis Regional in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Timmons took the loss as her record dropped to 14-9. She pitched 3.1 innings and allowed four earned runs on three hits with one strikeout and four walks. In her final appearance as a Bulldog, Newman tossed 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. On Saturday, Georgia struck first with a two-run, first-inning home run by Alysen Febrey off Bulldogs’ starter Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa). Drake though answered right back in the bottom of the first as Newman and Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) hit back-to-back RBI singles that tied the game at 2-2. Johnson was thrown out on a close play at the plate on Newman’s hit but Maddox followed with her hit. Story Links Play resumed Monday with Georgia at bat in the top of the fifth inning with runners on first and second with one out and up 4-2. Both runners attempted to steal and the umpires awarded bases after obstruction was called on Drake’s third baseman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). Georgia capitalized with a sacrifice fly and an error on Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) at shortstop, adding two more runs to increase its lead to 6-2. Later, Alyssa DiCarlo hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning for Georgia’s final run that made the score 7-2. Timmons allowed another Georgia run in the third inning but Drake’s defense helped limit the damage by getting a clutch double play to end the frame. Frank led off the Bulldogs’ at-bat in the third with a walk, but was doubled off on a popout to second by Pena. Newman followed with a walk and Maddox hit a single, but Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) struck out to end the scoring threat. Georgia added another run in the fourth on a bloop single to center field off Newman, who entered the circle for Timmons with runners on first and second with one out. The blooper came after a fly out to center field moved the runner from second to third. After a steal and walk, Newman struck out the batter with the bases loaded to end the inning.last_img read more

Davis Cup: Saketh, Ramkumar hand India 2-0 lead over South Korea

first_imgSaketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan overcame tough conditions and difficult opponents to win their respective singles matches and hand India a comfortable 2-0 lead on the opening day of the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie against South Korea in Chandigarh on Friday.Interestingly, both Indians won their matches by walkover as their respective opponents became bogged down by the heat and had to pull out.Ramkumar enjoyed a memorable Davis Cup debut as he notched up a hard-fought victory over Seong Chan Hong of South Korea in the opening singles to hand India a 1-0 lead at the Chandigarh Club.HEAT GETS TO SOUTH KOREANSRamkumar will, however, thank the hot and humid conditions here for playimg a part in his win. The 21-year-old Indian was leading 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-5 (15-15) when the Korean suffered a cramp in his right thigh and was unable to continue.The tough conditions took a toll on both players, but Ramkumar seemed to cope better than the Korean.Ramkumar relied on his strong serve and backhand to take the first set. But he paid for committing a seemingly endless string of unforced errors which allowed Hong to claw his way back to level terms in the second set.Ramkumar faced another break chance in the third game of the third set but banked on his strong serve to pull himself out of trouble. The Indian continued to use his serve effectively to clinch the third set and regain the lead.The fourth set witnessed a close battle before Ramkumar broke Hong at 5-5 to take a decisive advantage. With the Indian serving for the set at 6-5, Hong suddenly collapsed while holding his right thigh.advertisementThe Korean was unable to continue and had to be lifted out of court, thus handing the match to Ramkumar.SAKETH FIGHTS HARDSaketh then doubled India’s lead by getting the better of the experienced Yong-Kyu Lim with a brave performance. The Indian was leading the gripping, if somewhat slow, contest 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 5-2 when the Korean collapsed and lay flat on his back, unable to continue.It was brave performance by Saketh as he kept on fighting despite suffering from cramps. The 28-year-old was visibly grimacing with pain and virtually fighting on one leg after falling down due to cramps during the fourth game of the second set. The contest had to be stopped several times from then on to allow the Indian physio attend to Saketh.The Korean tried to make the most of Saketh’s condition by making him run the extra yards with some clever lobs at the nets and excellent placement. But the Induian fought bravely on, even coming up with some superb net play of his own.Saketh’s efforts finally bore fruit when the Korean collapsed even as the Indian was serving for the match in the seventh game of the fifth set.last_img read more