The Racers journeyed to Memphis, Tennessee on Friday to compete in the Tiger Classic tournament, hosted by the University of Memphis. With two contests on the schedule for day one of the weekend, the Racers earned a split – defeating Memphis 6-3 before falling to #13 Texas Tech 8-0.
Game 1: Murray State 6, Memphis 3:
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Racers entered the game against Memphis with hopes of continuing their recent success in their first competition at the Tiger Classic. Murray State would pick up right where they left off last weekend, jumping out to an early lead after the first inning of action. Brenna Finck would come around to score off a two-out RBI-single from Sierra Gilmore to put the Racers on the scoreboard in the opening frame. The Racers would not be content with a single score however, as they would tack on two more when Logan Braundmeierdrove a 1-0 offering to right center. The clutch piece of hitting would be good for extra bases, as she reached second with a two-RBI double to put the Racers in front 3-0 at the conclusion of the first half inning.
Hannah James would get the nod in the circle for Murray State to begin the weekend, looking to add to her impressive freshman résumé with a dominant performance against Memphis.
The Tigers would answer with a run of their own in the home half of the first, as Ashley Threatt knocked in a run with a two-out RBI double to left field, putting her side on the scoreboard in the opening inning.
After a thrilling first, the bats would cool off for both sides in the innings ahead, as quality pitching efforts kept additional runs off the box score until the home half of the sixth, when Memphis would cut the Racer lead to a single run. A ground ball fielder’s choice would score Alyssa Dean from third to make it 3-2 in favor of the Racers at the close of the sixth inning.
With a one-run lead entering the final frame, the Racers brought the Tiger momentum to a halt with a monumental inning of their own. After Denise Teague got things going with a leadoff pinch-hit single, Madison Culver and Sierra Gilmore reached base with Lexi Jones due up next for Murray State. With runners on first and second, Jones stepped in and stepped up, launching a two-strike pitch over the wall in center field for a three-run home run, extending the Racer lead to 6-2 with a half inning yet to play.
Down to their final three outs, the Tigers would have life after Delaney Smith tripled to begin the Memphis seventh. She would score during the following sequence via a ground ball to second base, trimming the Racer lead to three, but Hannah James would close the door on the Tiger comeback to earn her sixth win of 2019 in another complete game effort.
James (6-5) would fan six Tiger batters through her seven innings of work, issuing just one walk while surrendering two earned runs on the day.
Offensively, Lexi Jones would lead the Racers with a 2-4 showing that featured three RBIs and her second home run of the season. Additionally, Sierra Gilmore (2-3, RBI, 2B) and Logan Braundmeier (2-3, 2 RBIs, SB) would turn in multi-hit performances in the 6-3 victory over Memphis.
Game 2: Texas Tech 8, Murray State 0:
Following the matchup with Memphis, the Racers would take on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in game two of the afternoon. #13 Texas Tech, who entered the tournament at 24-1, opened the scoring in the visiting half of the third, when Miranda Padilla scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Heaven Burton.
The Racers managed just three hits in the ballgame, and were never able to string together multiple in the same inning. The Red Raiders would go on to put up three runs in the fourth, followed by another four in the fifth, growing their lead to eight as the game approached Racer half of the fifth inning. The Racers were then unable to produce a run, meaning that the game would end after five innings with a score of 8-0 in favor of the Red Raiders. Taylor Satchell and Kelcy Leach each homered for Texas Tech to fuel their side, while the Racers were highlighted by Brenna Finck, who went 1-2 with a double in game two of the afternoon.
The Racers will be back in action on day two of the Tiger Classic on Saturday, with a single game against the Lions of North Alabama. Live stats will be available for the matchup with UNA at the following link: https://bit.ly/2NAKbOG
The game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.