Osbron plays hero in walk-off home win


Senior infielder Gracie Osbron makes a play on a ground ball for the out. Osbron led the Racers to a 1-0 win against Belmont on Wednesday, April 26. photo by Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News.

Ronan Summers, Staff Writer

After a historic weekend for Murray State softball, the Racers narrowly defeated the Belmont Bruins on Wednesday, April 26 after walking it off in the seventh inning.

The Racers had cause for celebration over the weekend. The Saturday 3-0 win over the Indiana State Sycamores gave Head Coach Kara Amundson’s her 300th career win. 

Over the weekend, Murray State’s overall record improved to 30-16 after the series against the Sycamores as they went 2-1. The Racers then came back home to prepare for and host the Belmont Bruins. 

The Bruins were 23-20 as they entered Wednesday’s matchup against the Racers. 

Junior right-handed pitcher Emma Summers got the start for the Bruins, as freshman right-handed pitcher Bre Haislip got the start for the Racers. 

The pitching on Wednesday was dominant the entire game. The first hit did not come until the bottom of the fourth inning, when senior infielder Gracie Osbron hit a single to center field. She did so with two outs left in the inning. The next batter flew out, leaving her on base to end the inning, as the teams stayed knotted at 0 apiece. 

After getting one out in the top of the sixth inning, Haislip was relieved by senior right hander Hannha James. Haislip’s day ended after 5.1 innings pitched, not allowing a hit or run, walking two batters and striking out two Bruins.

Bruins freshman infielder Nicole Hughes hit a lead-off double to start the top of the seventh inning. The next batter hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Hughes to third base, but James struck out the next two batters to end the top of the seventh 0-0.

With one out and a 1-0 count, Osbron connected with the ball and launched a home run to walk it off in the bottom of the seventh inning and give the Racers a 1-0 win over the Bruins. 

Osbron’s single and home run were the only hits the Racers recorded on Wednesday. James earned the win for the Racers, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing one hit, striking three batters out and not allowing a walk or run. This was James’ 13th win on the season, tying her for second-most wins in the MVC. 

Murray State’s record improved to 31-16 overall and 15-6 against conference opponents after the win over Belmont. In its first year in the MVC, Murray State has turned heads. The Racers are currently in third place in the conference standings. 

Murray State will travel to play the SIU Salukis in Carbondale, Illinois in a three-game series that will start on Friday, April 28.


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