Softball turns around after Eastern Illinois loss

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Sophomore catcher Jocelyn Rodgers stands on the field during a game against Eastern Kentucky.Jenny Rohl/The News Sophomore catcher Jocelyn Rodgers stands on the field during a game against Eastern Kentucky.
Jenny Rohl/The News Sophomore catcher Jocelyn Rodgers stands on the field during a game against Eastern Kentucky.

Jenny Rohl/The News
Sophomore catcher Jocelyn Rodgers stands on the field during a game against Eastern Kentucky.

The Murray State softball team had a blowout weekend with two shutout games against Morehead State and two wins over Eastern Kentucky. The Racers brought a 4-0 streak home.

Previously the Racers faced a two game loss in a three game series against Eastern Illinois March 29-30.

Head Coach Kara Amundson said the team would work even harder after what happened to ensure a bid to the OVC Tournament.

“After the Eastern Illinois series, we talked about how we have to treat every game like we are fighting to the death to get into the conference tournament,” Amundson said. “Going into this weekend that was our thought process and we showed up this weekend.”

Amundson said she was proud of the members of the senior class. She said they are “leading from the front as well as vocally leading,” which means leading by example and communicating.

She said success comes from getting contribution from every player on the team and the mentality of winning every inning and not thinking of the game as a whole or thinking about statistics.

Senior CheyAnne Gaskey was named OVC Pitcher of the Week. Last weekend she pitched her ninth shutout of the season.

“Chey has been here for four years, and that is the first time she has won that award,” Amundson said. “I think it shows that the work she has put in this year is paying off and I’m happy to see her rewarded for that.”

Earlier this season, Gaskey broke Murray State’s all-time strikeout record of 425 in the game against EIU on March 30.

On Sunday, the Racers faced Morehead State and beating them 8-0 in game one and 6-0 in game two.

Sophomore infielder Maggie Glass was three for four in the two games against Morehead State with a homerun, a triple and four runs batted in (RBI).

Senior infielder Alexa Becker went four and six in the two games, scored three runs, drove in, and had a home run and a stolen base.

Sophomore pitcher Mason Robinson, who pitched the second game against Morehead State, continued her strong season, winning her 10 game after pitching seven innings and allowing just one hit. 

“We are in a good spot,” Amundson said. “I think this weekend was a good stepping stone for us moving forward through the last four weekends. We learned a lot about ourselves and our identity.”

The team’s goal by the end of the season is to win the OVC Championship.

“Our motto is to get a ring in the spring,” said senior outfielder, Mo Ramsey.

Amundson said that if the team keeps playing the way it did last weekend, then it’s possible.

The Racers go on to play Southeast Missouri State on Saturday and Sunday on Racer Field.

Staff Report