Last weekend Racer softball managed their first sweep, taking out allowing Tennessee State only two runs in three games.
The milestone, impressive for a team with such a brief history, may be one of the last that senior Megan Glosser sees.
“I was really proud of the way the girls came out and played this weekend,” Glosser said. “We came out and played after a weekend at Tennessee that wasn’t so great and stepped up and did what we’re supposed to do and left the past behind.”
“I would say everyone found their role this weekend and everyone played their part. As far as clicking as a team that was the best we’ve done. Obviously it’s not perfect, but it’s getting better.”
Glosser is dedicated to giving her team, just two years removed from their first season, the chance at the OVC Championship they deserve.
“I think our team can be at the top of the conference this season and not have to fight our way into the conference tournament,” Glosser said. “We’ve already had a better start with our first streak ever, which is a really big milestone for us. Individually I just plan on doing whatever it takes to make that happen for our team. Whether that mean I have to bat .500 or not bat at all.”
When she joined the Racer softball team, Head Coach Jay Pyron’s ideas about what it takes to build a successful OVC softball team were just that – ideas.
“I just really liked Coach Jay and his ideas and ambitions for a team,” Glosser said. “And being the first team to ever play at Murray State was really exciting to me. We have an opportunity to set standards and boundaries for every other future team.”
That first season, though they had a losing record and just barely made it into conference play, was a season in which Glosser saw a glimmer of hope.
“I remember our first games in the spring when we went out,” Glosser said. “I mean, obviously we didn’t play perfect, but I thought we played really well for a first year team who had never played together. And that was really exciting to me, just to see all this talent coming together and competing.”
Though it might have been easier, Glosser said that the fact that the team was young was never a reason the Racers gave for failure.
“For me it was just like any other season,” Glosser said. “We weren’t using being a first year team as an excuse. We went out to be the best and it was really exciting to us because we got to set up a lot at first, but at the same time we all had high expectations.”
Two seasons later the Racers have had their best start to a season yet, with a record of 8-4 and their first ever sweep, Glosser will be ending her career as a Racer.
“Murray State will probably be the end of softball for me, which is kind of bitter sweet, but at the same time I’m glad I did this and I’m glad I’m going out with this behind me,” Glosser said. “This season’s really important to me because it is my senior year and it is the best team I’ve seen us play with. I just hope the rest of the team realizes that. Not to play for me, but to play for themselves. We can do a lot of good things this year.”
The Racers’ first home games will be this tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. against Jacksonville State with a third game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.