When asked what he learned from his team Saturday and in the spring as a whole, head coach Mitch Stewart said “This is a very close, very tough team. This has been one of the tougher off-seasons, just with weather, as this is the best day we have had up to this point. We are finally out of the phase where if it’s cold or it’s snowing, or it’s raining or whatever outside, the guys would go peek outside to see if we are going or not, they just know we are. So we are finally out of that phase. We are in a lot better shape, Coach [John Michael] Clay, our strength and conditioning coach, has done a tremendous job getting those guys in shape. Even today, we lost two right off the bat, but we didn’t miss a beat and still got 84 or 85 plays in. That’s probably the biggest thing, this team is a lot more physically tough, a lot more mentally tough and a lot closer.”
The fans weren’t the only ones enjoying the warmer weather, as Racer 1 also made an appearance at The Track. After the game, fans and players alike were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs courtesy of MSU Dining Services.
With spring in the books, the attention now turns to fall with the Racers kicking off the season on Thursday night, August 31 against familiar foe Southern Illinois. Other home games for Murray State this upcoming season include Sept. 29 against UT Martin for family weekend, Oct. 13 against Tennessee State, Oct. 27 for homecoming Jacksonville State and the home finale on Nov. 10 against Southeast Missouri. Season tickets are now available by calling the MSU Ticket Office at (270) 809-3000.