Live Stats Missouri State (32-16, 17-5 MVC) is locked into the No. 2 spot for next week’s MVC Championship. The Bears are coming off a three-game sweep of Indiana State and have won five-straight series versus league opponents. Missouri State will play its first tournament game on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team closes the regular season at Buel Field against Missouri State this weekend, May 5-6. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon and close the regular season Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Game 3 ESPN+ Drake (38-10, 21-1 MVC) clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title championship this past weekend with two wins over Loyola. The Bulldogs swept the Ramblers in a doubleheader to start the series for their third-ever MVC regular season title and second in the past four seasons (1993, 2015, 2018). Drake is the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, May 10-12, which it will host at Buel Field. The Bulldogs receive a bye to the semifinals with their first game May 11 at 4 p.m. Game 1 ESPN+ Game 2 ESPN+ Following this weekend, the MVC Championship is up next for Drake. Drake and Missouri State are the only two teams locked in for the three-day tournament with seeds three through eight to be determined after this weekend’s final games. Every MVC Championship game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Prior to Sunday’s game, Drake will honor its 2018 senior class of Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa), Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Alexander has played in 201 games with 195 career starts and is No. 5 all-time at Drake in career stolen bases with 53. Chambers, who missed nearly all of 2017 due to an illness, has appeared in 148 career games at catcher. She has been instrumental in helping the Drake pitching staff have a season in the circle. Smith, a two-way player, has posted impressive numbers in the circle and at the plate in her career. A 2016 All-MVC second team selection, Smith has launched 16 career home runs, thrown a perfect game and this year is 8-3 with a 1.24 ERA, which is just behind Newman, and she is second in saves with seven. Wright has made 190 career starts and played in 202 games. A 2016 All-MVC First Team honoree, she is third all-time in career walks with 84, seventh all-time in runs scored with 107 and tied for tenth all-time in career doubles with 32. Print Friendly Version Drake will look to bounce back from its first MVC loss of the season after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Loyola in the series finale. The road defeat in Chicago is the team’s first loss since March 10 to St. Francis at the Hall of Fame Classic. Drake’s school-record winning streak was stopped at 24 as the team was held scoreless for just the third time in 2018. Bulldog ace Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) finally allowed an earned run to an MVC opponent as the Ramblers scored four runs in her two starts. Newman is still 17-3 with a league-best 0.62 ERA, one save and 201 strikeouts to 23 walks. With 756 career strikeouts, she needs five to move past former standout Jenna DeLong (2008-11) for most career strikeouts in program history.