The stretch run is underway for the Missouri Valley Conference softball race. Drake sits in third in the league race with a 12-7 and will host first place Creighton in a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Bulldogs title hopes took a big hit over the weekend when they dropped two out of three games of a series at Wichita State.

Drake coach Rich Calvert says the 5 remaining games “will either make us or breaks us” in terms of the conference tournament. He says they are disappointed with the two losses this weekend, but have to come back.

There is still plenty to play for this week with the conference tournament coming up. Calvert says the conference is as balanced as it has been in his 11 years at the school and that makes for a wide open tournament, which is why you want a 1 or 2 seed and then the highest seed after that.

Drake will finish up at home this weekend against UNI. The Panthers are in fourth place with a record of 12-8.