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Eagle Softball Sweeps Past Oakland

Mar 19, 2017

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Morehead State softball swept Oakland on Sunday afternoon for their sixth and seventh straight wins.

Win the wins, their record improves to 14-7 and their seven-game winning streak marks their longest since they won 11 straight in 2009.

"I'm just glad that we are playing well right now and our players are finding a way to win. They're competitive and they're staying in ball games, but most importantly, they are playing for each other," said head coach David Williams.

In the first game, junior Chelsea McManaway threw seven scoreless innings and sophomore Allison Rager and sophomore Ellen Barrett hit home runs as the Eagles won 3-0.

Rager's two-run shot followed a single by junior Lindsay Ward and put the Eagles up 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Barrett then tacked on to the lead with a solo shot in the fourth inning.

McManaway allowed just five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in her seventh shutout of the season.

Senior Kayla McGuffey went 2-for-3 with two singles, while senior Karly Thompson went 1-for-2 with a double.

Rager got the Eagles on the board in game two with another two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

After Oakland scored single runs in the fourth and the sixth innings, Morehead State went to the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 2-2.

Barrett then took the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for the game winning home run.

Rager picked up the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a home run.

Senior Megan Tymorek recorded a no-decision after allowing five hits and two earned runs in six innings of work.

On the day, the Eagles allowed just two runs in 14 innings.

"I was really proud of all of our pitchers today. Chelsea threw a really solid game in game one and didn't allow a walk until the seventh inning, which was her first walk of the weekend. Megan came in and threw really well in the first six innings of game two and then Allison stepped up with a scoreless seventh inning to set us up for the walk-off winner," said Williams.

With two home runs each on the day, Rager now has five home runs on the season, which ranks second on the team, while Barrett has four on the year.

"Allison and Ellen stepped up when we needed them to, they got big hits that led to big runs. Any time you can have players like that who put pressure on the opposing pitcher, that's a good thing for your offense," said Williams.

The Eagles open conference play next weekend with doubleheaders at Austin Peay on Saturday and Murray State on Sunday.