LAKE CHARLES, LA - McNeese softball stranded six baserunners and failed to get the timely hitting in its 4-0 shutout loss to Austin Peay Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series. The series will conclude with a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.
“First of all, you have to tip your hat to their pitcher (Morgan Rackel) came in and did a great job for them. She obviously had us fooled, making us take some weak swings early in counts. We didn’t have much of an answer for her,” said McNeese head coach James Landreneau.
The loss drops McNeese to 6-7 on the year and the Governors improve to 6-5.
McNeese picked up three hits in the game with Justyce McClain, Cori McCrary and Tayler Strother picking up one apiece. Alexsandra Flores took the loss (4-3), giving up four earned runs on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts in the complete game.
“Besides that, one inning, I thought Flores pitched really well. They were able to get some people on and they got the timely hitting and we didn’t. They had a little bit more tempo at the plate and were able to create some things.
“We got some people on base early in the game and it looked like we would get something going but we weren’t able to put any kind of pressure on them after that,” said Landreneau.
•McNeese Freshmen Alayis Seneca (RF) and Gracie Devall (1B) earned their first career starts
•McNeese left two runners on in the first inning including a runner in scoring position.
•The Cowgirls also left a runner in scoring position in the 4th with no outs and failed to score.
•Flores retired the first six batters she faced before giving up her first hit of the game in the third inning.
•Austin Peay’s starter (Morgan Rackel) fanned nine Cowgirls. After giving up a single to McClain in the first, she didn’t allow another hit until the 3rd inning on a bunt single by Strother.