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Bats come alive in MSU softball sweep

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Maggie Glass homered in both games as Murray State swept an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Southeast Missouri on Sunday.

Glass swatted a two-run homer in the first inning and Cayla Levins had three hits and three RBI as Murray State beat Southeast Missouri 11-6 in the opener.

The Racers broke the game open with a three-run seventh inning for an 11-4 lead. Mason Robinson improved to 19-6 on the year with the win in the circle after she went 62/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on 13 hits with a strikeout and a walk.

In the second game, Glass' two-run home run in the sixth inning broke a 1-all tie as the Racers (28-13, 5-4 OVC) went on to a 6-1 triumph.

Amber Van Duyse picked up the first collegiate win by allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings with three walks and three strikeouts. Kaylee Ranburger and Jessica Twaddle were each 3-for-4 in the contest.

Racer softball splits at Martin

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Murray State escaped a late threat and beat UT Martin 5-4 in the first game of an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader Saturday before dropping the night-cap 6-4.

Murray State's Jocelynn Rodgers swatted a two-run homer in the first inning to cap a three-run frame in the opener. Ahead 4-1 in the third inning, MSU escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam with only one run scoring. In the seventh with the Racers up by a run, UT Martin had runners on second and third but MSU escaped the jam for the 5-4 win.

Murray State's Jessica Twaddle was 4-for-4 in the game with a run, a double and a RBI, while Kaylee Ranburger was 3-for-4 with a run. Mason Robinson picked up her 18th win of the season in the circle by allowing two earned runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and no walks in a complete game effort.

Game 2 was almost an exact opposite of Game 1, as this time it was UT Martin that jumped out to an early lead and had to turn away a late charge by MSU to preserve the win. The Skyhawks (26-12, 5-3 OVC) scored four runs in the first and one in the second to put the Racers down quickly.

Brenna Finck was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run to lead MSU (26-13, 3-4) in Game 2. Haven Campbell took the loss after allowing four runs, none of which were earned, on three hits and a walk over one full inning.

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