Softball splits home tourney, takes down WIU


Sophomore infielder Erin Lackey hits a single in the Racers’ win over Western Illinois on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics.

Ronan Summers, Staff Writer

The Racers hosted the Youngstown State Penguins and the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 in the Racer Classic at Racer Field. 

Murray State split the weekend, going 2-2. The Racers are now 14-9 on the season as they move past the invitational portion of their schedule.

The first game of the invitational came against the Redbirds at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Illinois State scored five runs in the top of the second inning to jump out to a large early lead. The Racers were able to retaliate in the bottom of the second after redshirt junior infielder Lily Fischer scored on a Redbird error. 

Illinois State added onto the team’s lead in the sixth inning with a two-run home run and ultimately won the game 7-1.

Freshman pitcher Bre Haislip received the loss. She started the game, but pitched two innings after giving up two hits, two walks and five earned runs. She struck four batters out. 

Four Racers were walked, and the team was only able to record a single hit throughout the seven-inning contest. Sophomore outfielder Erin Lackey had the lone hit and one of the four walks. Junior catcher Taylor Jackson, freshman outfielder Bailey Broemmer and Fischer also walked.

The second game of the invitational for the Racers came against Youngstown State at 3 p.m. on Friday.

After a scoreless first inning, Fischer got the ball rolling for the Racers in the second with a single to start the inning. She then advanced to second base on a passed ball. A groundout then allowed her to get to third base. Redshirt senior infielder Lindsey Carroll then flew out to center field, enabling Fischer to score on a sacrifice fly. 

Freshman designated hitter Riley Jestadt then drove redshirt senior infielder Gracie Osbron in with a single in the fourth inning to improve the Racers’ lead to 2-0. 

The Penguins got on the board after a Murray State error in the fifth inning, but they were unable to score again. The Racers won the matchup 2-1.

Redshirt junior pitcher Jenna Veber got the win for the Racers, pitching all seven innings and allowing four hits and a walk. She struck six batters out in the win. 

The Racers recorded five hits in their second game of the day. Freshman outfielder Adison Hicks, freshman infielder Ailey Schyck, Osbron, Fischer and Jestadt each had a hit against the Penguins. 

The Racers’ third game of the invitational came against Youngstown State at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the contest was held scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Carroll got the inning started as she got on base by a walk. A few batters later, Broemmer tripled to left field to drive Carroll in. Lackey then doubled down the left field line in the next at-bat to drive Broemmer home. 

These two runs were all that was needed, as the Penguins were held scoreless for the entire game, and the Racers picked up a 2-0 win over Youngstown State. 

Redshirt senior pitcher Hannah James got the start and win for the Racers, pitching the entire game. She only allowed a single hit—no runs and no walks—and she struck out 11 of the 23 batters she faced. 

Lackey had two hits and a RBI in the Racers’ second game against the Penguins. Hicks, Fischer and Broemmer each also had a hit. Broemmer boosted her statline by adding an RBI. 

The final game of the invitational was at 3 p.m. on Saturday against the Illinois State Redbirds. The Redbirds were able to score three times in the fourth inning and three more times in the sixth inning before the Racers were even able to get onto the board. 

Fischer drove Osbron in after hitting a single to give the Racers their lone run of the game. Murray State fell to Illinois State 6-1 to close out the tournament. 

Freshman pitcher Ava Ozmont received the loss for the Racers, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing two earned runs, two hits and four walks. 

Osbron recorded two hits in the loss. Hicks and Fischer hit the Racers’ other two hits of the game.

The Racers then hosted the Western Illinois University Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 15 in a sunny, yet chilly matchup on Racer Field. 

The Bulldogs were 6-18 as they made their way to play the Racers.

Lackey singled to right field to start off the game. She then stole second to get into scoring position after two Racers struck out. The stolen base didn’t end up being too crucial though, as Fischer homered to give the Racers a 2-0 lead.

These runs would end up being the only ones scored for the rest of the game. The Racers defeated the Bulldogs 2-0. 

The Racers used three pitchers in the win, combining for four strikeouts and no earned runs allowed. They allowed three hits and a walk in the shutout. 

Fischer’s first inning home run was the game deciding hit that gave Murray State the win. Besides Fischer, Lackey, Osbron and Schyck each had a hit as well. Broemmer had two hits in the win over the Bulldogs. 

The Racers start the conference portion of their schedule at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 17 as they play the University of Northern Iowa. The two teams will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 and at noon on Sunday, March 19. 


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