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Softball Goes 1-1 Saturday at Bayer Crop Science Classic

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: March 12, 2011
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Senior Brynne Dordel
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FRESNO, Calif. -- The Drake University softball team won an 8-1 decision over Idaho State before falling, 2-1, to host Fresno State Saturday at the Bayer Crop Science Classic. The Bulldogs moved their record to 10-9 overall.

Drake, led by a brilliant pitching performance from freshman Jordan Gronewold (Carlisle, Iowa), topped Idaho State, 8-1, in its second-straight game against the Bengals. Gronewold tossed a complete game and allowed one run on just two hits while striking out five for her first official collegiate victory.

The Bulldog offense piled up 14 hits, including three by sophomore Lindsey Vande Wall (Prairie City, Iowa). Vande Wall added three runs to lead the squad.

Junior Torey Craddock (Tucson, Ariz.) went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI to pace Drake from the three-hole. Gronewold helped her cause with two RBI. Senior Jenna DeLong (Dalton Gardens, Idaho) scored three times on two hits from the leadoff position.

Senior pitcher Brynne Dordel (Chanhassen, Minn.), fresh off her first-career no-hitter, was brilliant in the circle in game two; a 2-1 loss to No. 28 Fresno State. The senior allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out two in six innings of work to give Drake a chance at toppling the hosts.

The Bulldogs managed just three hits off Fresno State pitcher Michelle Moses; one each from DeLong, freshman Nicole Randel (Alpine, Calif.) and Jaimie Duffek (Brookfield, Ill.).

Randel knotted the game at 1-1 in the fifth on an infield RBI single by Duffek. Fresno State retook the lead in the sixth and held the Bulldogs in the seventh for the win.

Drake meets No. 11 California Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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