MSC Aggie Softball opens season on the road
After a late reschedule, the Murray State College softball team began their season on the road with a double-header versus Paris (TX) Junior College on February 5.
The first game included four lead changes and a tie with Aggie sophomore Savannah Ashford and freshmen Taylor Battiest and Mikayla Rutland hitting home runs. Freshman Jill Dixon also led the Aggies with four RBI’s in the game which Paris Junior College won 10 to eight. Aggie sophomore pitcher Madison Morris faced 31 batters in the game, striking out two.
The second game of the double header saw the Aggies come from behind to tie the game at five in the third inning and then pull ahead in the fifth inning to ultimately win the game nine to seven. Aggie freshman CJ Crane and Payton Griffin each had three RBIs and a homerun and Mikayla Rutland added another two RBIs and a homerun to help propel the Aggies to victory. Aggie freshman pitcher Jill Dixon faced 13 batters in the first two innings, striking out one while fellow freshman Madison Coats pitched the last five innings, facing the final 24 batters.
The Murray State College softball team then traveled to Tonkawa to face Northern Oklahoma College in a double header on February 6. The Aggies fell behind by a pair of runs in the second inning, but were able to score four in the third inning and hold NOC to two runs to head into the fourth inning tied. Northern Oklahoma College scored one in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning to win the game 10 to four. Battiest led the Aggies with two RBI’s and Ashford and Crane each had one. Aggie pitchers Madison Coats and Alexis Lambert split time on the pitcher’s mound with Coats striking out one and Lambert finishing the game, striking out three NOC batters.
The Aggies are now one and two on the season and return to action Tuesday, February 12 as they host a double header with Carl Albert College starting at 3 p.m. in Tishomingo. The Vikings are coming off a pair of wins over North Arkansas College last week. Later in the week, the Aggies will travel to Ft. Worth to take part in the Cowtown Classic, playing five games over two days. The Aggies are scheduled to take on Ft. Scott Community College, Hesston Community College and Ranger College on February 15 and Indian Hills Community College-Centerville and Vernon College on February 16.