Softball falls in three-game sweep

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Staff Report

Coming off a two-win weekend, the Racers got swept by Northwestern State.

This is the first weekend the Racers have seen a full series of games since previous weekends were cut short because of weather.

The Murray State softball team competed and fell short in Saturday’s doubleheader, finishing game one 6-2 and game two 5-0 and falling 1-0 in game three on Sunday.

Amundson

Amundson

“We did not do a good job of putting the entire package together this past weekend versus Northwestern State,” said Head Coach Kara Amundson.

SATURDAY

After going 2-0 last weekend at the Hilltopper Classic, the Racers lost the first game of the weekend 6-2.

Junior pitcher Mason Robinson said, the Racers wanted to come out strong and show that they are able to compete against good teams.

Murray State started the game with a 2-0 lead in the game, both runs coming from junior Jessica Twaddle, first baseman who scored off an error and RBI-single.
The Lady Demons then scored six unanswered runs for the 6-2 win.

Twaddle was 2-for-4 in the game.

Juniors Jocelynn Rodgers, catcher, and Mallory Young, center fielder, had one hit each.

Robinson gave up four runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in five innings.

In game two, the Racers’ outcome was similar to the first game of the day, losing to Northwestern State 5-0. The Racers managed five hits and stranded eight runners.

Twaddle doubled in the top of the fifth inning. Young, senior infielder Shelbey Miller, junior second baseman Cayla Levins, left fielder and freshman catcher Madison Culver each singled. But Northwestern State pitcher Shelby Sells spread the hits across her seven shutout innings.

Twaddle and senior infielder Erica Howard also had a walk.

Sophomore pitcher Haven Campbell took the loss in the shutout by allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout through four innings.

SUNDAY

In game three on Sunday, Northwestern State slid past the Racers again with one run in the third inning. That would be enough for the Lady Demons, who won 1-0.
Northwestern State’s Sidney Salmans doubled with one out. Salmans scored after Jordan Rains and Kellye Kincannon hit back-to-back singles.

The Racers only had a total of four hits in game three but had six base runners in the game who could not get across the plate.

Young supplied the most offense for the Racers going 2-for-3 with two doubles.

Levins and Twaddle each had one hit.

  Robinson, pitching on back-to-back days, gave up all of the Lady Demons’ five hits and the run. She struck out two and walked one in the loss.

“We only had one less hit that NSU on the weekend, but the results show a much different series than only a one-hit difference,” Amundson said.

The Racers matched Northwestern State for hits throughout the weekend, only missing the one and taking advantage of their runs and stopping Northwestern State.

“I am looking for us to compete from start to finish throughout the weekend, regardless of our opponent,” Amundson said. “If we can compete and improve on last weekend, then we are moving in a good direction to continue to prepare us for a solid run in the OVC Conference.”

Friday and Saturday the Racers head to Auburn, Alabama Friday and Saturday at the 2016 Wilson/DeMarini Classic where they will face Auburn, Indiana, Georgia State and Bryant. On Thursday the Racers will play a pre-classic game against the No. 3 Tigers.