TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)
The Murray State softball team fell behind early in each game Saturday at the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Georgia, but in each game attempted a late rally. However, the Racers’ efforts in each game would fall just short as they fell to Georgia Southern in game one, 5-4, and to ETSU in game two, 7-5.

Game One – Georgia Southern 5, Murray State 4

How It Happened
The Eagles scored two runs in each of the first two innings to take an early 4-0 lead on the Racers, before adding a fifth run in the fifth inning. After being held scoreless for five frames, the Racers finally got their bats going in the sixth when Lillie Goetz drew a bases loaded walk and Dani Walls cleared the bases with a double to bring MSU within one at 5-4. Murray State was able to hold the Georgia Southern in the bottom of the sixth, but could not muster any offense in the seventh and fell by one.

In The Circle
Amber Van Duyse took the loss for MSU after allowing three earned runs on five hits over 1.2 innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Olivia Suski relieved Van Duyse in the game and allowed just one run on four hits over the final 4.1 innings.

Hard To Come By
After pounding out 16 hits yesterday, the Racers only scratched out five in game one. Goetz led the way for MSU in the contest with a hit, a run, a RBI and walk. Four other Racers also tallied hits in the contest including Brenna Finck, Sierra Gilmore, Madison Culver and Walls.

Game One – ETSU 7, Murray State 5

How It Happened
Murray State once again fell behind early in game two and trailed the Bucs, 6-0, after two innings. The Racers would chip away at the lead throughout the game and came within two in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a two-run bomb by Madison Culver. The Racers, however, were unable to plate any more runs and fell, 7-5. Culver accounted for half of MSU’s hits in the contest and finished the game at 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a walk.

In The Circle
Haven Campbell fell to 1-1 on the year after allowing six runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeouts over the first 1.2 innings of the loss. However, Grace Vaughn was solid in relief for Murray State and gave up just one run on three hits with two strikeouts over the final 4.1 innings of the contest.

OK, What’s Next?
The Racers will close out play in the Eagle Round Robin Sunday when they take on Radford at 9 a.m. CT/8 a.m. ET.

by Parker Griffith

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