Sophomore Right-Hander Earns First Victory With 8.1 Innings of Solid Relief, as the Bears Win at Hammons Field for the First Time in 2014
MSU's 13-Hit Attack Not Enough, as Mavericks Bullpen Comes Up Big Down the Stretch
Cheray's Big Day at the Plate and Schumacher's Strong Outing Spearhead Lopsided Win for MSU
MSU Cruises to 8-2 Victory in Second Game After Lobos Walk Off with 6-5 Decision to Open Twinbill
MSU Sees Five-Game Win Streak vs. Cowboys End After Letting 4-1 Lead Slip Away
2013: Drake appeared in 37 games for MSU as a junior, batting .400 (2-for-5) as a pinch hitter...Posted a perfect fielding percentage, while recording a pair of outfield assists...Went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored March 3 vs. Northwestern State...Reached base safely in four straight contests Feb. 23-March 5...Started each of the Bears' last four games of the season in right field, going 1-for-3 vs. Evansville (May 23) in MSU's season-ending loss in the MVC Tournament.
2012: Saw action in 43 games for the Bears as a sophomore, including 18 starts in the MSU outfield...Batted .333 (8-for-24) and slugged .500 in MVC play...Hit by pitch four times to rank third on the club...Doubled for the first time in 2012 to drive home the game-winning RBI in a 10-4 victory over Illinois State (April 14); also stole a base and scored to help MSU wrap up its two-game sweep of the Redbirds...Recorded his second outfield assist of the season April 22 at Wichita State...Went 3-for-3 with a walk during the Bears' three-game series with SIU, April 27-29...Went 2-for-3 and hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of the Bears' 7-5 win at Indiana State on May 18...Collected hits in three of his six at-bats in MSU's three-game series with Indiana State (May 17-19).
2011: Played in 27 games with eight starts (six in left field and two at DH) as a freshman...Posted first career hit was a two-run homer against North Dakota (March 6)...Hit .290 and scored nine runs in 31 at-bats...Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored against Wichita State (April 8)...Went 2-for-4 in the previous game at Kansas (April 5) in his first career start in left field...Was successful in his lone stolen base attempt of the year, May 3 against Missouri...Batted a team-best .349 for the Joplin Outlaws in the summer, driving in 11 runs, scoring 14 and stealing five bases in 30 games.
Background: Drake was a baseball, football and basketball standout at Webb City High, starting for a team that finished at least third in state in all three sports during his prep career...Led the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in the 2010 Class 4 playoffs, batting .333 with 14 RBIs as an all-district, all-conference and all-Ozarks pick...Hit .378 with 21 RBIs as a junior, earning first-team all-area and all-conference honors, and was first-team all-conference as a sophomore as Webb City finish second in the Class 3 state playoffs...Played quarterback and defensive back for the Cardinal football team that won the state title his junior year and made the semifinals his senior campaign...Helped the Cardinals to a third-place state finish in basketball as a sophomore...Played for the Midwest Nationals in the summer of 2010, leading the club with a .406 average.
Personal: Patrick Michael Drake is the son of David and Pam Drake...Born December 31, 1991, in Joplin, Mo...Brother, Brayden, played at MSU from 2006-09 and was the 2009 MVC Player of the Year...Majoring in communications with a minor in business at Missouri State.