SIUE, Murray State Split Midweek Contests
MURRAY, Ky. – Alex McDavid's two-run homer in the opener helped SIUE softball gain a road split at Murray State Wednesday.
The Cougars won the opener 2-1 and lost in the nightcap to the Racers 11-0 in five innings. SIUE now stands at 13-21 overall with a 5-8 record in Ohio Valley Conference play. Next up for SIUE is a three-game series with Morehead State beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday and a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.
McDavid gave SIUE the winning blast in the sixth inning. She drove home Jill Rackers, who reached base with a walk to start the inning. It was the Cougar freshman's second home of the season.
"She got all of it," said SIUE Head Coach Sandy Montgomery. "It was a nice swing, and it was the boost we needed.
Amanda Lambrecht captured her 10th victory of the season with a three-hitter. Lambrecht outdueled Murray State's Shelby Kosmecki who allowed five hits.
"Amanda threw well, and we played good defense behind her," said Montgomery.
Both pitchers held their opponents scoreless for the first four innings. Murray State scored in the fifth inning on a squeeze bunt by Christian Cox.
After the run, Lambrecht shut down the Racers, now 13-12 overall and 8-6 in the OVC. The right-hander retired the last seven batters she faced.
In the nightcap, Murray State used a combination of 10 hits and four SIUE errors to pick up the victory.
The Racers got on the scoreboard with four runs in the first. A two-run home run by centerfielder Casey Castile put Murray State up 7-0 in the second inning. After a scoreless third, the Racers put the game out of reach with another four-run rally.
Murray State's Chelsey Sullivan tossed a three-hit shutout for her fifth win of the season.
Montgomery said the Cougars need to keep fighting with a balanced OVC lineup that has several teams near the .500 mark in league play. The Cougars are two games out of fifth place.
"We're going to stay positive and battle," said Montgomery.