Racers Continue Home Stand With WKU

Amber Van Duyse

Softball | 4/3/2018 5:55:00 PM

Date & Time: Apr. 4 (5 p.m.)
Opponent: Western Kentucky
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (Racer Field)
Video: OVCDigitalNetwork.com
Audio: None
Live Stats: GoRacersLive.com
MUR Record (Streak): 9-22 (Lost 8)
WKU Record (Streak): 21-10 (Lost 1)
MSU Next Games: Apr. 6/7 vs. UT Martin/Southeast Mo.
MSU Next Home: Apr. 6/7 vs. UT Martin/Southeast Mo.

The Game
The Murray State softball team continues its eight-game home stand Wednesday with a non-conference affair against in-Commonwealth rival Western Kentucky at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Racers extended their current skid to eight games last Friday when fell in both games of a doubleheader to Jacksonville State, 9-3 and 5-0. Madison Culver was one of the highlights offensively for MSU in the doubleheaders, as she went 4-for-6 including a perfect 3-for-3 performance in game one.

The Western Kentucky Series
Murray State is 2-8 all-time against Western Kentucky with both of those wins coming in Murray where the Racers are 2-2. Both of Murray State's wins in the series were shutouts, while half of the eight losses to WKU came by just one run.

Scouting The Hilltoppers
Western Kentucky is 21-12 on the year after winning two of three games on the road last weekend at Charlotte. Paige Carter currently powers WKU's team average of .288 with a team-high clip of .355, as well as 28 RBIs. In the circle, the Hilltopper pitchers have a staff ERA of 3.13 and limiting opponents to a .263 average at the plate. Leading Western Kentucky this season, has been Shelby Nunn who is 13-8 with 2.82 ERA, 77 strikeouts and an opponent's batting average of .270.

Weather Forecast
Wednesday's forecast is sunny but cold with a high of just 50. There is little chance for rain, but the winds will be moderate at 8-12 mph out of the northwest.

Three High
Madison Culver became the fourth Racer this season to come up with three hits when she was 3-for-3 against Jacksonville State joining Lillie Goetz, Brenna Finck and Sierra Gilmore.

Two And Under
So far this season Murray State is 5-1 when holding opponents to two or fewer runs, while conversely it is 1-14 when being held to two or less itself.

Free For All
Currently, Wednesday's game is scheduled to be broadcast on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. As always, all games broadcast on the OVCDN are free of charge. Please note that coverage is subject to change without notice due to weather conditions.

OK, What's Next?
The Racers return Racer Field this weekend to host conference rival UT Martin Saturday and Southeast Missouri Sunday. Each day's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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