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MSU Softball Sweeps Mid-week Series with Middle Tennessee State Bridges wins first game with grand slam


OVC Pitcher of the Week Chelsey Sullivan


The Racer softball team welcomed Sun Belt Conference foe Middle Tennessee State University to Racer Field for a two-game series, which the home team won, 5-2 and 10-5.

The Racers Got five strong innings from CheyAnne Gaskey, who gave up six hits and no walks, while striking out three batters.  Gaskey gave up only one run, in the top of the first when Kaycee Popham hit an RBI single to bring in Nina Davenport.

The home team was stagnant through the first three innings, but finally equalized the score when Megan Glosser crossed the plate off a Leslie Bridges single.

Murray State finally put the Blue Raiders away in the bottom of the sixth when Bridges picked up her second hit of the game, as well as four RBI’s when she brought Mo Ramsey, Glosser, Christian Cox and herself across the plate with a grand slam.

The Blue Raiders added another run in top of the seventh, but ran out of time as Shelby Kosmecki struck out Popham for the third out and the game.


The second game saw the Racers continue the hot batting as they scored runs in every inning but the second on the way to the 17th win of the season.

Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week Chelsey Sullivan got the start and hurled 5.2 innings.  Sullivan had little trouble with the Blue Raiders’ offense, other than giving up a run in the top of the first.  In the top of the sixth inning the senior gave up a walk and an RBI single for the first run of the inning, then advanced a batter to third with a wild pitch, and gave up another walk and another run before being relieved by Gaskey.

Gaskey finished the last 1.1 innings with one run, no walks and no strikeouts.

The Racer offense was on fire, as they scored off a two-RBI single by Ramsey in the first, a three-run homer by Casey Castile in the third, and runs scored by catcher Ellyn Troupe in the fourth and Sarah Anderson scored on an error in the fifth.

After the bad sixth by the Racers, the score was 7-4, but Murray answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning off another Ramsey score, followed by Castile with a two-run home run to make the score 10-4.

Gaskey gave up a run to Nina Dever in the top of the seventh, but it would not spark a comeback, as the Racers took the game and the series.

The Racers travel to Edwardsville, IL for a single game against the new conference foe.

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