Softball takes series with 5-2 win over Racers


Weatherford picks up the win


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Hannah Hood was a perfect 3-for-3 while Sydney Weatherford picked up her sixth win of the season as the University of Evansville softball team clinched the series over Murray State with a 5-2 win on Sunday at  Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at Cooper Stadium.

Hood recorded three hits and two RBI as the Purple Aces tallied five runs on 10 hits.  Jess Willsey and Taylor Howe posted two hits apiece.  Weatherford threw another complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits.

Weatherford retired the side in order to begin the game and the offense was able to get the job done in the bottom of the frame.  Alexa Davis walked and Zoe Frossard followed with a single to left center.  Next up was Brooke Voss who double down the left field line to score Davis.

Jess Willsey’s sacrifice fly brought in Frossard to make it a 2-0 game while Jenna Nink’s RBI groundout solidified a 3-0 edge at the end of the 1st.  Evansville’s offense continued to roll, adding to the lead in the bottom of the third as Hannah Hood notched an RBI single.

Murray State got on the board with a single run in the top of the 5th.  The Racers were primed to cut into the deficit even more before Weatherford forced the inning-ending double play to keep the Aces up by three.

Back-to-back doubles from Willsey and Hood resulted in another run to push the lead back to four in the bottom of the fifth.  After the Racers got the run back in the sixth, they rallied in the seventh trailing by three.  With two outs, MSU recorded three singles to load the bases before Weatherford got a lineout to third to end the game.

On Wednesday, UE will be at Indiana State for a 3 p.m. game before playing its final home series of the season next weekend against Missouri State.