Drake softball pitcher Nicole Newman hurls NCAA record 5th perfect game

Credit: MIchael Woods/Associated Press

Credit: MIchael Woods/Associated Press

Drake University softball pitcher Nicole Newman set an NCAA record Friday, pitching her fifth perfect game of the season in a 7-0 victory against Bradley in the Missouri Valley Conference softball tournament semifinals, ESPN reported.

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Bradley (27-6), a senior, also struck out 18 batters in the seven-inning game to tie a career high. She snapped a tie with four other players who had four perfect games in a season. The last player with four was Oklahoma's Paige Parker in 2015, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Newman's 18 strikeouts also set a tournament record, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

Drake (41-14), the top-seeded team in tournament, faces Northern Iowa (28-22) in Saturday’s championship game, the newspaper reported.

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