After trailing by five runs in each game to the Racers (11-14, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference), the Gamecocks (17-14, 4-3) battled back but fell short.
JSU freshman Ella Denes went 4-for-6 on the day, while senior Krystal Ruth drove in a pair of runs in her 4-for-8 day. Junior Amanda Martinez and sophomore Sara Borders also hit .500 in the doubleheader, going 3-for-6 and 2-for-4, respectively. Borders homered and drove in two runs.
In the opener, junior Tiffany Harbin suffered the loss but struck out 10 batters to make a mark in the JSU record book. Her career total increased to 600, making her just the second player in school history to hit the 600-strikeout mark. Ann Shelton set the record of 635 in 1995-96.
In the second game of the day, junior Savanna Hennings came in to pitch in the third with the Gamecocks trailing 5-0. She relieved starter Casey Akenberger, and against a Murray State offense that had scored a combined 12 runs on 17 hits in the first nine innings of the day, Hennings held the Racers to an unearned run on just one hit in the final five innings.
The Gamecocks play a non-conference game Tuesday against Samford at Spain Park High at 5 p.m.