Softball shuts out Chanticleers at showdown

The Murray State softball team went up against four teams they have never played in competition before, shut down host Chanticleers at the Chanticleer Showdown and came out 2-2.

Head Coach Kara Amundson described this weekend’s tournament as a roller coaster. She said this weekend was somewhat inconsistent but the team still did well.

The Racers had to compete in some tight games. She said that the team is doing so well because they are getting help defensively and offensively.

“We are sincerely having team wins and loses,” Amundson said. “We are doing this as a team and I think that is something that is going to carry us throughout the season.”

The Racers defeated the host Chanticleers 7-4 and Sacred Heart 2-1 but they fell to Boston College 9-6 and Bucknell 4-3.

“We let the game get bigger than we needed it to and I think the pressure got to them more than I would have liked to see from them,” Amundson said.

Two players were honored with OVC player and pitcher of the week.

The first is senior shortstop Alexa Becker. Becker had four RBIs, four doubles and three home runs. Out of 14 bats Becker did not strike out once. This selection makes Becker’s fourth in her career at Murray State.

“This weekend I am looking for more consistency at the plate. I just want to be a tough out every time,” Becker said.

Second to receive the honor is sophomore Mason Robinson pitched 2-0. Out of the four games played Robinson had 14 strikeouts and seven walks.

Next, the Racers will compete against the Lady Vols and Bradley Furman in the Tennessee Classic.

“I’m excited with where we are, I think we have grown every weekend,”  Becker said. “I love this team and we have good team camaraderie and that has been a big key to our success this year.”

Story by Da’Sha Tuck, Staff writer