Softball tops Aces in three-game series


Senior infielder Lindsey Carroll throws a runner out in game three against Evansville. Photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Ronan Summers, Staff Writer

The Racers looked to improve their conference record against the visiting Evansville Aces on Friday, April 14, during Alumni Weekend at the University.

Evansville entered the weekend with a record of 20-20, as Murray State boasted a record of 26-14. The series between the two teams took place at Racer Field through Sunday, April 16. 

Game One

The Aces dominated in the Friday matchup, as they struck first in the top of the third inning. They piled on two more runs in the inning to take a 3-0 lead. 

Evansville got hot again at the top of the fifth inning, where they scored four more runs after junior outfielder Alexa Davis hit a grand slam. 

The Aces won the Friday game by a score of 7-0, as the Racers were unable to get a run on the board. 

Junior right-handed pitcher Jenna Veber got the start on Friday and received the loss. Senior right-handed pitcher Hannah James and freshman right-handed pitcher Bre Haislip were also on the mound on Friday. 

Between the three pitchers, the Racers allowed seven hits and three earned runs and struck 11 batters out. Murray State had some fielding trouble, committing three errors.

In total, the Racers recorded five hits. Freshman outfielder Jadyn Thompson, senior infielder Gracie Osbron, junior catcher Taylor Jackson, freshman infielder Ailey Schyck and freshman utility player Adison Hicks made up the Racers’ five hits. 

Game Two

The Racers’ luck turned around on Saturday, April 15, as they were able to get on the board first at the bottom of the second inning. Senior infielder Lindsey Carroll singled to get on base. She stole second and advanced to third after a sacrifice flyout. Carroll then scored on a wild pitch to give the Racers a 1-0 lead.

Evansville responded in the top of the third inning after a two-run home run gave them the lead. After, the game hit an offensive dry spell. 

The next run came at the top of the sixth inning after Evansville hit a RBI triple to up their lead to 3-1. The Racers retaliated at the bottom of the same inning, thanks to a two RBI double by Schyck, evening the score. Freshman outfielder Bailey Broemmer was brought in to pinch hit, and she delivered, hitting a single to drive Schyck home and give the Racers a 4-3 lead.

The Aces tied the game back up in the top of the seventh inning after a sacrifice flyout brought in an Evansville baserunner. Murray State was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning, so the game went into extra innings. 

The game was taken all the way to the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs, Osbron doubled down the right field line to get into scoring position. The very next at-bat, junior infielder Jenna Fischer, doubled to right field to drive in Osbron and give the Racers a 5-4 win over the Aces.

James, Veber and Haislip all saw action on the mound on Saturday. They combined to allow eight hits, four earned runs and a walk, and struck two batters out. Haislip received the win, as she pitched the final two innings of the game. 

As a team, the Racers had a total of 10 hits. Four were by Carroll, who had three singles, a double and a stolen base. Thompson, Osbron, Fischer, Jackson, Broemmer and Schyck all also had hits. Four Murray State batters walked. 

Game Three

Schyck got things started in Sunday’s game, as she hit a triple to drive Carroll home at the bottom of the second inning. Junior utility player Saxon Radcliffe doubled in the same inning to bring Schyck home to give the Racers a 2-0 lead after two innings. 

Broemmer hit a single in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring in Carroll to score for her second time of the game. Sophomore outfielder Erin Lackey then doubled, allowing Broemmer to cross home plate and give the Racers a 4-0 lead. 

Radcliffe drew a walk on a full count, and with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, Fisher advanced to home and added another run onto the board for Murray State. A wild pitch in the same inning opened the door for Hicks to score. 

The Aces scored twice in the seventh inning, but the Racers’ offensive onslaught was too much. Murray State won the final game of the series 6-2. 

James got the win for the Racers, as she allowed one hit, three walks and no earned runs and struck seven batters out in six innings.

Murray State had eight hits and two walks in Sunday’s win. Carroll recorded two hits, two runs, a walk and a stolen base. Lackey, Osbron, Schyck, Jackson, Radcliffe and Broemmer all also recorded hits. 

After going 2-1 on the weekend, the Racers’ record is now 28-15, fourth place in the MVC standings. 

The Racers will travel on Friday, April 21 to play a weekend series against the Indiana State Sycamores.


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