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SEMO Softball Sweeps Morhead State to Get Back in the Winning Column

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The SEMO softball team was able to take care of business at home by completing a three game sweep of Morehead State on April 2 and April 3.

The Redhawks were dominant in nearly every aspect throughout the series.

SEMO’s pitching was stellar, shutting out Morehead State in the first and last game and giving up two runs in the second game. Then the offense caught fire in the final two games, scoring 8+ runs in both of those outings.

Rachel Rook was locked in early in the first game of the series, striking out 10 including eight of the first nine batters she faced. Outfielder Kaylee Anderson said when Rook is on the mound the team has a different energy.

“She’s so much fun to play behind, but the strikeouts give us a lot of motivation and just kind of puts the energy back on our side,” Anderson said.

In the doubleheader on Sunday April 3, the Redhawks batters left their mark. Anderson was a key contributor offensively, finishing the series with 12 RBI’s, including two grand slams in the second game of the series.

Coach Mark Redburn said Anderson’s great performance was all about her taking advantage of opportunities the pitcher gave her.

“I talk to the team all the time about not missing their pitch. She did not miss her opportunity, and that’s where the pitch was at and she squared it up,” Redburn said.

The final game of the doubleheader saw Paytience Holman pitch a 2-hit shutout. Holman’s performance can be attributed to her simple approach.

“I trust that I know what I’m doing, and [I’m] just having fun with it,” Holman said.

SEMO’s performance comes off of being swept in a three game series against Tennessee Tech. The Redhawks said they felt it was important to take care of business against Morehead State.

“This weekend was really important for us. We just needed to come out and prove that we weren’t the team we were last weekend,” Holman said.

SEMO will be in action again in a doubleheader at UT Martin on April 6.