In a Nutshell: Murray State softball prepares to host Belmont in their third matchup of the season on Wednesday. The last time these two teams faced off, it was a pitchers’ duel between Hannah James and Maya Johnson. James pitched nine perfect innings to lead the Racers to victory and win the series, while Johnson set a Belmont program record with 22 strikeouts in a single game.

Scouting Belmont: Belmont heads into the matchup after suffering a 0-3 series loss against Missouri State last weekend, with a 5-8 defeat in game three. As a result, they currently sit seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

The Bruins’ offense is led by Emily Cockrill and Kristen Green, who both boast a .336 batting average. Green has driven in 19 runs this season and holds an .868 OPS, while Cockrill has contributed 18 RBIs and an .878 OPS.

On the mound, star pitcher Maya Johnson commands the circle with a 2.36 ERA. With an impressive 199 strikeouts and a .991 fielding percentage, Johnson continues to dominate. She set a new Belmont record with 22 strikeouts the last time she faced the Racers.

Series at Glance: This upcoming game marks the 33rd meeting between these longtime rivals. Murray State leads the series with a 24-8 record, having won both meetings earlier this season. As the Racers and Bruins go head-to-head once again, fans can expect another exciting and competitive game on Wednesday.

Date (Time): Apr. 25 (3 p.m.)
Site (Venue): Murray (Racer Field)
Opponents: Indiana State
Live Stats:
Overall (Streak): 24-8 (W3)
In Murray (Streak): 12-2
In Nashville (Streak): 8-3
At Neutral Sites (Streak): 19-2
Last 5 vs. Belmont: WWWLW
First Meeting: W 10-2 (3/14/2010 at Nashville)
Last Meeting: W 3-2 (3/22/2023 at Murray)Biggest MSU Win: 10-0 (2/19/2012 at Oxford,
Biggest MSU Loss: 5-12 (4/9/2022 at Nashville)
Amundson vs. Belmont: Amundson leads 18-7
Amundson vs. Matthews: Amundson leads 7-3


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