Murray State softball played twice on the first day of the Mizuno Classic on Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Racers came up short in both contests, falling to Missouri State 8-0 before enduring a 7-3 defeat against #14 Oklahoma State in game two.
Missouri State 8, Murray State 0
The Racers experienced a slow start offensively at the Mizuno Classic, as they were blanked by Missouri State in the first game of the day. The Bears would open the scoring in the first with an RBI single from Kelly Metter, before doubling their lead in the third when Olivia Krehbiel drove in another as Missouri State led 2-0 after three complete.
After adding a run in the fourth frame, it would be Metter once again doing the damage with a two-RBI single in the fifth and another RBI single in the seventh when she drove in a run with her fourth hit of the day. A three-run seventh overall concluded the scoring as the Bears earned an 8-0 victory over the Racers.
For Murray State, Lindsey Carroll, Abby Shoulders, and Alie Kennedy collected hits in the contest while Kennedy also drew a walk to reach base twice in the ballgame.
#14 Oklahoma State 7, Murray State 3
The Racers would face their toughest task of the season when they met #14 Oklahoma State in the night game. Jenna Veber got the start in the circle, and the freshman found a rhythm early on as she held the Cowgirls scoreless through the first two frames.
OSU would get on the board in the third, however, when Sydney Penninton and Alyssen Febrey each drove in a run to give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead through three innings of action.
The Racers would answer with one of their own in the top of the fourth, scoring their first run of the contest courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Lexi Jones that drove in Logan Braundmeier after Braundmeier doubled to open the inning.
Oklahoma State regained momentum in the following half inning, when Karli Petty hit a three-run home run to extend the Cowgirl lead to 5-2 through four complete.
The Racers continued to fight back, plating another run when Logan Braundmeier drew a bases-loaded walk – trimming the deficit to 5-2 through the visiting half of the fifth.
After OSU tacked on two more in the bottom half, the Racers tallied another run when a two-out single from Abby Shoulders scored Lexi Jones to make it 7-3 in the sixth. Murray State would not be able to complete the comeback effort, however, as the Racers fell to #14 Oklahoma State at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater.
Hannah James recorded four outs without surrendering a run in a relief appearance in the circle, while Logan Braundmeier (1-3, RBI, R, 2B), Abby Shoulders (1-3, RBI), and Lily Fischer (1-3, R) led the way offensively. Drawing a walk in the contest, Lindsey Carroll also extended her reached-base streak to 13 games.
The Racers return to action on Saturday for two games in Norman, Oklahoma on day two of the Mizuno Classic as they are set for a rematch against Missouri State at 12:00 p.m. followed by a meeting with #6 Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.
Dan HaskoMedia Relations (SB, Soc, Ten)Murray State University