Freshmen Dane Worley (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Blake Huser (Altoona, Iowa) helped ignite the Bulldogs' attack in the second round shooting 72 and 75, respectively, to jump Drake from a tie for seventh after the initial 18 holes to a tie for third when the second round was complete.
After registering a 303 score in the opening round, the Bulldogs carded a 292 over the day's final 18 holes, as four Drake players posted scores of 75 or better.
"It was a great team effort today, as Dane (Worley) and Blake (Huser) are tied for 11th, while Ben (Lyons) is tied for 14th place," Drake head coach Matt Lewis commented. "We had a great second round shooting a 292, which allowed us to move up and put ourselves in a position to make a move tomorrow."
"Our opening round was somewhat deceiving as we were about six holes away from playing a really solid round. We got off to a terrific start and played well for 9-12 holes before giving a lot back on the final 5-6 holes."
Worley (76-72=148) and Huser (73-75=148) are tied for 11th place, while one shot off the pace is junior Ben Lyons (Centennial, Colo.), who posted rounds of 76 and 73 to tie for 14th place with a 149 (76-73=149) total. Lyons' second-round 73 equaled his low score of the year set at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
"Ben (Lyons) stepped up after not playing for a few weeks and had a great two rounds, which was huge," said Lewis. "It was definitely a team effort, which is what it takes, and we're looking for the same tomorrow. We played in almost perfect conditions today and we're supposed to have decent weather tomorrow, although windy, so it'll be a good challenge and we have to be mentally tough to fight through and I think the guys are ready."
Redshirt freshman Devin Leland (Huxley, Iowa) followed an opening-round 80 with a 72 for a 152 total, good for a 22nd-place tie.
Sophomore Connor Steele (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) carded a 36-hole score of 161 (78-83=161) to tie for 43rd.
The Bulldogs conclude their regular season with the final 18 holes of the State Farm MVC Championship on Tuesday (May 1). A shotgun start is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
DRAKE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Dane Worley 148 (76-72=148/T-11th), Blake Huser 148 (73-75=148/T-11th), Ben Lyons 149 (76-73=149/T-14th), Devin Leland 152 (80-72=152/T-22nd) and Connor Steele 161 (78-83=161/T-43rd).
STATE FARM MVC CHAMPIONSHIP
APRIL 30, 2012 • 36 HOLES
PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB (HUTCHINSON, KAN.)
1) Wichita State 581 (288-293=581)
2) Evansville 594 (294-300=594)
3) Drake 595 (303-292=595)
Northern Iowa 595 (303-292=595)
5) Creighton 598 (293-305=598)
6) Missouri State 599 (300-299=599)
7) Illinois State 600 (299-301=600)
8) Southern Illinois 609 (297-312=609)
9) Bradley 621 (309-312=621)