By MARLON SCOTT | Senior Staff Writer
The Murray Racers apparently did not care APSU renamed their softball field after APSU’s first softball coach Cheryl Holt.
With a monstrous 11 runs in the third inning, the Racers took the third game of their series against the Lady Govs on Sunday, April 10, and handed them their third Ohio Valley Conference series loss in a row.
Lady Govs lose, 15-3
Murray 0 (11) 0 0 3 -14
APSU 0 0 1 2 0 – 3
It took three Lady Govs pitchers to get out of the second inning of the final game against the Racers.
Before getting three outs, 15 Racers came to the plate and delivered 11 runs on eight hits and four walks, including a grand slam by Racer Jenna Bradley.
Junior pitcher Ashley Bolda (3-8) was tagged with the loss. She allowed three runs, all earned, on two hits.
Freshman pitcher Lauren de Castro was able to keep the Racers to only three more runs on three hits in the last three innings.
While the Racers were swinging for the fences, the Lady Govs produced only three runs on seven hits. Sophomore first baseman Shelby Norton put on a hitting clinic, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI.
She was one of five Lady Govs to produce hits and the only one to get multiple hits. Murray State pitcher Shelby Kosmecki (6-4) held the Lady Govs at bay to earn the win. She allowed just two runs on two hits, walked one and struck out two. The walk led to the Lady Govs first score in the bottom of the third inning.
After junior catcher Amy Mills got on base, she got in scoring position when her teammates De Castro and Norton followed up with back-to-back singles.
Freshman outfielder Caitlyn Anderson got the RBI with a single to the pitcher.
The Lady Govs’ last two runs came in the fourth. Freshman Kayla Davidson drew a walk and later took second on a wild pitch. Then junior center fielder Catie Cozart found the gap in left field for a single that put Davidson on third.
She took second on the throw.
They both came in when Norton made her third hit of the day. Murray responded with three more runs in the fifth and retiring the Lady Govs one-two-three to seal the win.
The Racers’ 14 runs were the second most allowed by the Lady Govs this season. They allowed 16 runs twice this season. The Lady Govs’ next OVC series will be on the road.
They will start a three-game series at Jacksonville Saturday, April 16. TAS