‘Roos Settle for Split with Missouri State in Tuesday’s Doubleheader
UMKC Athletics 4-3-2012
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - Tuesday, the UMKC softball team (15-19, 3-6 SL) split a doubleheader with the Missouri State Bears (16-14, 4-5 MVC) as the Kangaroos took game one, 7-3, but fell 4-2 in game two.

Earlier in the year on March 3, the two squads met in the sixth game of the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament here in Kansas City as the Kangaroos won, 7-0.

In game one with the Kangaroos leading 1-0 in the fifth, UMKC infielder Kelly Fischer singled to right to bring in outfielder Megan Vicino from second as infielder Kaelene Curry advanced to third. Next up after Fischer stole second and Missouri State replacing pitcher Natalie Rose (11-6) with Chelsea Jones, outfielder Anna Sokolik RBI-singled to left as Fischer moved to third and Curry scored to make it a 3-0 ball game.

Later in the inning with outfielder Emily Ott at the plate, Sokolik stole second as Fischer scored after a throwing error by the Bears.  The big inning continued for UMKC when pitcher Cinda Ramos (8-8) RBI-doubled in her lone appearance at the plate as Sokolik and Ott scored to extend the Kangaroo lead to five.

Next up, infielder Marlee Maples singled to center and would later advance to second on the throw as Ramos scored to make it a 7-0 ball game.

In the sixth, Missouri State cut the deficit to five when infielder Heather Duckworth doubled to left-center to bring in two runners.  Later, Duckworth would come around from second to score after a wild pitch by Deanna Friese (6-10) and a throwing error by UMKC.

Next inning with UMKC still leading 7-3, the Bears loaded the bases with nobody out, but Friese struck out the next three batters to seal the win as she allowed five hits and two earned runs to go along with nine strikeouts to complete her 13th game of the season.

Offensively for UMKC, Fischer went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run, while Sokolik went 2-for-3 as well, but with one RBI and scoring once.  Curry also chipped in by going 2-for-4 and scoring once, while catcher Caitlin Christopher went 2-for-2 and Maples went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In game two, both teams scored once in the first when Duckworth doubled to bring in infielder Ashley Brentz as Sokolik grounded out to first, but Curry scored from third.

Heading into the seventh, Bears pitcher Jones (4-7) held a no hitter as her counterpart, Ramos, allowed six hits to keep the game nodded at one.

In the top half of the inning with one on and two outs, infielder Stevie Pierce singled to left as outfielder Caitlin Chapin scored from third. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Duckworth singled to right as two runners scored to make it a 4-1 ball game.

For UMKC in the seventh, singles by Sokolik and infielder Megan Ussary with one out caused Missouri State to replace Jones with Rose (3).

Later, the Kangaroos made it a two-score game when Ussary scored on an error by the Bears as Christopher reached on a fielder's choice and Sokolik was tagged out at third.  Next up, Maples went down swinging to end the game.

The Blue & Gold will be in action later this week as it will travel to face the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Friday (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).  

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