Murray State softball bounces back to split doubleheader at UT Martin

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The Murray State softball team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in game one of a doubleheader at UT Martin on Saturday, but bounced back in game two with a 4-1 win.

The Racers (16-22, 7-8) wasted little time in getting started in the opener, as Shelbey Miller led off with a double, but went to third on a UT Martin (29-12, 10-5) error.  Mo Ramsey followed Miller with a bunt single to give MSU runners at the corners with no outs.  However, the Skyhawks salvaged the inning by throwing out Miller and Alexa Becker on the same play and striking out Casey Castile.

Miller once again reached second in the third inning on an error, but the Racers were unable to generate any offense and push her across the plate.  Castile and Bridges also got hits in the early innings, but like Miller were unable to cross home.

After breaking up a Shelby Kosmecki no-hit bid in the third, the Skyhawks made it 1-0 with a lead-off home run in the fourth from Leah Taylor.  Taylor led UT Martin in the game by going 1-for-2 with a run, a RBI, a walk and a stolen base. 

After the Taylor home run, the Murray State defense, led by Kosmecki, clamped down and allowed no hits and just two base runners with four strikeouts over the final three innings.  However, despite the lock-down defense, the Racers were unable to get anything going offensively and fell in game one, 1-0.

Despite the home run, Kosmecki (5-15) threw a gem of a game for MSU by allowing just one run on two hits with just two walks and five strikeouts.  Casey Vincent (12-4) picked up the win for UT Martin by allowing no runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Murray State outhit the Skyhawks in the game 5-4 and also committed no errors in the field, compared to two by UT Martin.  Miller led the Racers by going 2-for-3, while Castile, Bridges and Ramsey each tallied one hit.

 

In game two, the Racers once again got off to a fast start thanks to another lead-off double from Miller.  After advancing to third on a passed ball, Miller made it 1-0 when she was scored by Mo Ramsey on a fielder’s choice.

Murray State pushed the lead out to 2-0 in the second when designated player Mallory Richardson went yard over the wall in right field.  The long ball was not only Richardson’s just second hit of the season, but it was also her first career home run as well.

MSU further padded its lead in the sixth when Ramsey was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by Castile.  Ramsey got on base by drawing her seventh walk of the year and was moved to second on a ground out from Becker.

In the bottom of the frame, the Skyhawks cut the lead to 3-1 when Becca Williams scored Kenzi Tate on a double to right field.  Tate started the two-out rally, which also included a walk, when she singled up the middle for her first hit of the day.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Mallory Richardson picked up her second home run of the game to push the lead back out to three at 4-1.  With a three-run lead, it was then left up to pitcher CheyAnne Gaskey and the Racer defense to bring home the win.  With the game on the line, Gaskey and MSU answered the call and retired the side in order, including striking out the final batter.

The win put an end to a stretch of futility by the Racers in Martin, as they picked up their first road win against the Skyhawks in eight tries.  The win also put an end to the Skyhawks undefeated streak at home this season, as they were 9-0 prior to the loss.

Richardson was the only Racer with two hits in the contest, as Cox, Castile and Miller picked up one each.  Meanwhile in the circle (10-6), Gaskey threw her own gem, as she allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

From: MSU media relations

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