Racers rally late, fall short twice

Senior catcher Ellyn Troup prepares to tag out a runner during the Racers loss Wednesday. Kate Russell/The News

Senior catcher Ellyn Troup prepares to tag out a runner during the Racers loss Wednesday. Kate Russell/The News

The Murray State softball team lost both of its games against Memphis Wednesday at Central Park.

During both games, the Racers were down 5-1 in the last inning. Both times, they scored 3 runs and fell one point short to Memphis.

In the first game, Memphis scored early in the top of the first on a passed ball. Murray State tied the game in the bottom of the second on a home run by sophomore Casey Castile.

Memphis had a big third inning, scoring two runs on a throwing error and another run on a wild pitch.

In the top of the sixth, Memphis added another run off a home run to increase their lead 5-1.

Two home runs in the last inning put the Racers with a run, but a strikeout ended the game with Memphis ahead 5-4.

In the second game, Murray State was first on the board. It was not until the fourth inning that Memphis tied the game with a solo home run.

In the eighth inning, Memphis earned a few base hits to gain a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, senior Ellyn Troup knocked in two runs to make the score 5-3. During the next at bat, junior Leslie Bridges singled to score Troup and put the Racers down by one.

The Racers rally ended there, and they once again fell short 5-4.

This was Murray State’s last non-conference series of the season. The Racers will take on OVC foe Austin Peay Saturday and Sunday in their final conference series of the season.

The first two games will be a doubleheader in Murray at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The third game will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Racers are currently 12-10 in conference play.

Staff Report.