Softball team splits pair of doubleheaders

Sophomore Mo Ramsey watches for the ball’s fate as she runs toward home. Emily Clark || The News
Sophomore Mo Ramsey watches for the ball’s fate as she runs toward home. Emily Clark || The News

Sophomore Mo Ramsey watches for the ball’s fate as she runs toward home. Emily Clark || The News

The Racer softball team went 2-2 last weekend in its doubleheaders against Tennessee State and Belmont.

Murray State faced the Tennessee State Tigers Thursday at home.

In the first game, Tennessee State was first to score on a groundout in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the fourth, senior Ellyn Troup singled to score sophomore Alexa Becker and tie the game 1-1.

Later, Leslie Bridges grounded out to score Casey Castile, giving the Racers a 2-1 lead.

In the next inning, sophomore Mo Ramsey singled to left field to score Shelbey Miller and increase the Racers’ lead 3-1.

After the top of the sixth, the Racers were no longer in the lead. Tennessee State doubled to score two runners and tie the game. The Tigers then hit a home run to score two more runs and take the 5-3 lead.

Neither team scored any more runs and Tennessee State ended the game with the win.

In the second game, Murray State was on the board first in the third inning.

Christian Cox scored on an error and Miller scored on a groundout by Becker to make it 2-0. Castile hit a home run to left center to score Ramsey and increase the lead 4-0.

In the fourth inning, the Racers added one more run after Cox was hit by a pitch to score Brianne Sanders.

In the fifth inning, Sarah Anderson singled up the middle to score Troup, and Miller reached base on an error to score Bridges. The Racers took a strong lead with a 7-0 score.

In the top of the seventh, Tennessee State scored one run on a single. The Racers were able to limit the Tigers scoring and won the game 7-1.

Sunday, the Racers faced Belmont in Nashville, Tenn. Murray State had a big fourth inning, scoring four runs.

Bridges singled to score Castile and Becker. Cox doubled to score Mallory Richardson and Sanders, and gave the team a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Belmont scored two runs of its own on a fly out and a walk. No more runs were scored and the Racers won the game 4-2.

In the second game that day, Belmont was the first to score on a fly out in the first inning.

Murray State took the 2-1 lead in the third inning after Becker hit a single to knock in Ramsey and Miller.

Neither team scored until the bottom of the seventh when Belmont hit a home run to take the game 3-2, handing the Racers a loss and splitting the series.

After an eventful weekend, the Racers were scheduled to play a doubleheader at home against St. Catharine on wednesday.

Due to poor weather conditions, these games were canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Murray State is scheduled to play a doubleheader against SIU Edwardsville Saturday and a single game Sunday in Edwardsville, Ill. SIUE is currently 17-3 in the conference.

The first game of the doubleheader against Edwardsville will start at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Story by Megan Kavy, Staff writer.