Drake senior Nicole Newman pitched her fifth perfect game of the season on Friday to set the single-season NCAA record in a 7-0 win over Bradley in the Missouri Valley Conference softball tournament in Peoria, Illinois.

Newman, who was named one of 10 finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year earlier this week, tied her career high with 18 strikeouts and improved to 27-6 on the season.

Newman, who struck out the final seven batters of the game, struck out the side five times in her 23rd complete game with 10 or more strikeouts.

All five of Newman’s perfect games have come since March 30th.

Newman, a 6-foot-1 righty, was selected No. 13 by the Aussie Peppers in the National Pro Fastpitch draft last month. 

This will most certainly be the peak of her athletic career. 

Unfortunately Women’s pro isn’t where it needs to be at this point.

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