Murray State Softball advances to District

TISHOMINGO, Okla. - The Murray State softball team is gearing up for a trip Topeka, Kansas, where they will compete in the District Softball Tournament beginning Saturday.

"We're coming with our bats and hoping to play well," said sophomore third baseman Meagan Blake. "We're planning on coming out with some wins and head to nationals."

The Aggies are making the trip to Districts for the 12th time in 13 years. If they win in Kansas, they would go to the national tournament for the first time in three years.

"I feel that we do have a really good team," Mackenzi Clapp, sophomore outfielder, said. "We work together very well and we all want to get to a high level of softball."

Murray State beat Northern Arkansas College 15-2 and 12-1 in the Regional round to advance to District.

"Our wins against North Arkansas were a huge confidence boosters for us as a group," Coach Marie Stone said. "When you start to put crooked numbers on the scoreboard, especially early in the game, it just lets your team have all the momentum."

"The pitchers can stay relax and pitch relaxed, knowing that have a big strong lead behind them and your defense isn't afraid to go out and make stellar plays to back each other up."

The Aggies first game of the eight-team, double elimination tournament will be against Neosho County College on Saturday.