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#9 Madison Drake
Position: Outfielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
City/State: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southwest
Club: Lincoln Jaguars
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Career Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award (2012)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
  • Academic All-Big 12 Second Team (2010)
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Selection

Career Capsule
Madison Drake epitomized her role as a team player and leader in her four-year career. She saw limited playing time through her first two-and-a-half seasons, before emerging as Nebraska's starting left fielder midway through her junior season. She went on to appear in 146 games, including 78 career starts. Drake ended her career with a .256 batting average, 50 doubles, six homers and 28 RBIs.

Drake played a lead role in organizing several team efforts during her career, and she was also an active member of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Drake keyed the softball team's life skills efforts, leading the Huskers to their first-ever Life Skills team championship in 2011. In the classroom, she earned her degree in four years and was a two-time academic all-conference honoree.

Senior Season [2012]
Drake ended her career with a terrific senior season. She earned a career-high 48 starts - all in left field - as a senior, finishing with a career-high .263 average. Drake entered her senior season with career totals of 78 at bats, 12 runs scored 16 hits, two doubles, no triples, four home runs, 12 RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases. She eclipsed nearly all of those totals in her final season, finishing with 133 at bats, 25 runs scored, 35 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 14 RBIs, nine walks and two stolen bases. Drake was also the only Hsuker with more than one chance to post a perfect fielding percentage. She was perfect in her 47 chances in left field and added one assist and several outstanding diving catches.

Drake finished with six multi-hit games in 2012 and added three multi-RBI contests. She had a career-long seven-game hitting streak and produced a pair of game-winning RBIs. Her best game of the season came against South Dakota State, when she went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. She added a home run and a career-high-tying three RBIs in the game.

Junior Season [2011]
Drake saw the most extensive playing time of her career in 2011. After making only five starts in her first two seasons combined, Drake started 25 games as a junior. She emerged as the Huskers’ starting left fielder late in the year, starting 22 total games in left and three games as the designated player. Drake was in the starting lineup for each of Nebraska’s final 17 games, starting in left field in 16 of those contests.

Drake earned a more prominent role thanks to her production at the plate. She finished the year with a .258 batting average, the highest of her career. Drake also set career bests with 16 hits, 12 RBIs, 12 runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 12 walks. She entered the year with three career hits, two RBIs, 16 runs scored and no extra-base hits or walks. Drake’s .484 slugging percentage ranked fourth on the team. She recorded four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI efforts after entering the year with one career multi-hit game and one multi-RBI effort.

Two of Drake’s four hits in conference play were home runs, as she enjoyed a big series against Texas Tech the final week of April. She went 4-for-5 against the Red Raiders with a double, two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored. In the first game of the series, Drake produced the first multi-homer game of her career, after entering the contest with only one career home run. She added her final homer of the season in the NCAA Tournament against Pacific.

Defensively, Drake committed only one error in 33 chances in left field.

Sophomore Season [2010]
Drake found a variety of ways to contribute to the Huskers’ success in 2010. She appeared in 44 games, including her first five career starts. She earned three starts as the designated player and two starts in left field, while making 39 pinch-running appearances. Drake even resumed her high school pitching duties, as she made two late appearances in the circle for an injury-ridden Nebraska staff.

On the season, Drake finished 3-for-15 with nine runs scored and two RBIs. The three hits were the first of her career, as were her two RBIs. In the circle, Drake posted a 5.73 ERA in 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. She opened her pitching career with a 3.2-inning scoreless streak. Her numbers took a hit when a Missouri team that advanced to the Women’s College World Series managed three late runs against her after she had kept the Tigers scoreless over her first 3.0 innings of relief.

Drake’s willingness to step into a pitching role for a depleted staff displayed her team-first attitude that helped her earn the Nebraska coaches’ award following the season. Offensively, Drake also added two sacrifices and a stolen base, while batting .400 (2-for-5) against left-handed pitchers.

Freshman Season [2009]
Drake saw extensive action as a pinch-runner in her first season, as she transitioned from a prep career on the infield to a collegiate career in the outfield. Drake appeared in 16 games, scoring seven times and stealing one base. She went 0-for-1 at the plate and did not have any defensive chances.

Drake made her career debut with an at bat in the Huskers’ second game of the season against North Dakota. She scored her first career run one month later against the same Fighting Sioux squad. Drake scored a run in four straight pinch-running appearances at the Shocker Invitational and scored a pair of runs in two more pinch-running stints over the next two weeks. Her Big 12 debut came at Oklahoma, and she scored her only run of the conference season in game one of a doubleheader with Texas Tech at Bowlin Stadium.

Before Nebraska
Drake is the first Husker softball player to come from Lincoln Southwest High School, which opened in the fall of 2002. She earned first-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a senior after guiding the Silverhawks to a state runner-up finish. Drake was one of four Husker sophomores named to both the Super-State and All-Nebraska first teams in 2007.

Southwest’s starting shortstop, Drake hit .434 as a senior, finishing the year 53-for-122, while adding 13 doubles, two home runs, 31 stolen bases and 35 RBIs. As a junior, Drake batted .320 with four triples and 23 RBIs.

Drake also saw time in the circle for the Silverhawks, finishing with a 1.76 ERA in 2007 and a 1.80 ERA in 2006.

Personal
Madison Smith Drake was born on July 12, 1990, in Norwalk, Conn. Her parents are James and Gretchen Drake, and Madison has one brother, Harrison. Madison is a marketing major and serves as Nebraska’s Big Ten representative and a member of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Batting

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2009

.000

16-0

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

1-1

.000

2010

.200

44-5

15

9

3

0

0

0

2

0

4

.250

.200

1-1

.667

2011

.258

33-25

62

12

16

2

0

4

12

5

14

.338

.484

1-1

.970

2012

.263

53-48

133

25

35

8

1

2

14

9

19

.319

.383

2-4

1.000

Totals

.256

146-78

211

53

54

10

1

6

28

14

38

.319

.398

5-7

.976

Pitching

Year

ERA

W-L

APP

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

OPP. AVG.

FLD%

2010

5.73

0-0

2

0

0

0

0

3.2

4

3

3

1

0

.286

.667

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