Racer softball bumped to third place in OVC standings after loss to Jacksonville State
Story by John Morris, Contributing writer
After sweeping doubleheaders against Evansville on Tuesday and Tennessee Tech on Sunday the Racers are on a four-game win streak.
But the team has to make up for a costly series Saturday against Jacksonville State, which is second in the OVC, that knocked the Racers (29-16, 14-7) back to third place.
“This weekend was one of those weekends; we let Jacksonville slip away with two wins but bounced back on Sunday and took two from Tech,” said sophomore infielder Maggie Glass.
Racers were second in the OVC standings but have fallen to third after losing to Jacksonville State with a score of 2-8 in game one and 2-5 in game two.
Game one showed some pitching woes with the Racers going through three pitchers.
The pitchers gave up a combined eight runs with four walks and two strikeouts.
Mo Ramsey led the Racers in game one and went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Jessica Twaddle also stared going 2-for-4.
Game two finished early with Jacksonville State getting two walks which brought home.
The Racers battled back getting a run in the fifth and sixth.
Jacksonville State came away with a pair of runs from two walks in the bottom of the sixth.
Mallory Young ended the day going 2-for-2 and Shelbey Miller was 1-for-2 with a run and a double.
The Racers picked up by sweeping Tennessee Tech on Sunday.
The Racers took a 4-0 shutout win in game one.
Glass finished the sweep scoring a solo home run.
CheyAnne Gaskey didn’t allow a run all game and pitched her fourth shutout of the season.
In game two the Racers used a 10-run rally to end the game 14-5.
The Racers started out fast in game two getting two runs from Twaddle and Ramsey.
The Racers got another two runs from a walk by Glass and a homerun from Taylor Odom, her fourth of the season.
The game was hit with a 83-minute rain delay and after the delay passed Tennessee Tech earned five runs.
The game was a 5-4 in the seventh. Ramsey scored and Shelbey Miller made a single to tie it.
After a double from Jocelynn Rodgers to make it 7-5 and a homerun by Glass, Murray State would go on to score five more runs in the seventh, totaling 10 runs on 11 hits in the frame.
According to GoRacers.com, the 18 hits tie the program record for most in a game, while the 14 runs rank fifth.
Twaddle led Murray in game two by making a career-high 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs, while Ramsey was 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and Howard was 3-for-4 with a run.
Gaskey moved to 15-8 with the relief win, allowing no runs on just one hit with three strikeouts over 1.1 innings.