Racers fall to EIU, prepare for Eastern Kentucky

Sophomore outfielder Casey Castile?goes in to catch a ground ball during practice. This weekend will be the first time the Racers have played four games in two days this season. || Lori Allen/The News

Sophomore outfielder Casey Castile?goes in to catch a ground ball during practice. This weekend will be the first time the Racers have played four games in two days this season. || Lori Allen/The News

The Murray State softball team will play against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State this weekend. The Racers will play a doubleheader Saturday against EKU and doubleheaders Sunday against Morehead State.

This will be the first time this season the Racers have played four games in two days.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how we handle that,” Head Coach Kara Amundson said.

She said she believes these games are important, especially since they are conference games. Murray State lost all three games against Eastern Illinois March 29-30. The team was hoping to take the series and jump ahead in the conference.

Eastern Illinois narrowly defeated the Racers in the first game. Murray State was unable to score, and Eastern Illinois scored in the bottom of the sixth to win 1-0.

In the second game, Eastern Illinois took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Murray State came back in the second inning to score one run by freshman Brianne Sanders to tie the game.

The Racers took the lead in the third inning after sophomore Casey Castile singled to score sophomore Mo Ramsey. In the fourth inning, Eastern Illinois scored two more runs to take back the lead, 3-2.

Murray State continued fighting in the fifth inning. Ramsey scored again on an error made by the Eastern Illinois catcher.

Sophomore Alexa Becker advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored after a single by junior Leslie Bridges.

Murray State was unable to come back and lost the second game 7-4 after competing hard.

In the final game of the series, Murray State was only able to score one run.

It came in the fifth inning when Bridges doubled to score Becker. Eastern Illinois scored one run in the third inning and three runs in the sixth inning to win 4-1.

Despite the team’s tough losses last weekend, Amundson is not discouraged.

“We have all the capability in the world to come out of this series in a good spot,” she said.

Amundson said she knows these challenging games will be a battle from start to finish but are not impossible for the Racers.

The first game of the weekend will be Saturday at 12 p.m. against EKU at Central Park.

Story by Megan Kavy, Staff writer.