KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (7-17) will travel to Missouri State for a midweek game on Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 5 p.m. CT following a 2-3 showing at the Rock Chalk Challenge last weekend.
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The Roos head to Springfield after a solid showing in the Rock Chalk Challenge, claiming wins over Western Illinois and Murray State in the event. The team also put together strong performances against Saint Louis and Kansas in a pair of close losses over the weekend.
Pitchers Sara Miller (Marietta, Ga.) and Olivia Fluehr (Loves Park, Ill.) had strong showings in the circle last weekend and will look to build on the efforts in the games ahead. The duo combined to allow 10 earned runs over 25 innings of work with 10 strikeouts to seven walks.
UMKC’s offense has continued to be plagued with inconsistency but the strong recent performance of sophomore Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) seemingly adds another valuable piece to the lineup. Over the past five games, Lombardini has hit .333 (6 for 18), including a pair of home runs and eight runs driven in. Both home runs in the stretch were game-winners and her three-run shot against Murray State was delivered in walk-off fashion.
Sophomore outfielder Sydney Garcia (Kansas City, Mo.) broke out of a minor slump last weekend to regain her status as a great on-base and stolen base threat at the top of the Roos lineup. Entering the weekend, Garcia was in the midst of a 3 for 26 stretch over 11 contests but bounced back to hit .412 (7 for 17) in the Rock Chalk Challenge, adding a pair of steals to bring her season total up to a team-best nine on the year.
Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) continues to stay hot at the plate after another successful weekend of competition. Over the past nine games, the senior infielder has hit .367 (11 for 30) with three doubles and five RBI’s during the stretch, bringing her season total to 16 RBI’s which trails only Fluehr on the team.
Scouting the Bears
Missouri State (16-10) heads into Tuesday’s matchup on the heels of a three-game sweep of Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State. The team has seen a tremendous amount of success recently, currently riding a four-game win streak and has won five of their past six contests.
The Bears have proven to be more than comfortable closing out tight contests, winning five of their past six games by two runs or less. The team is 9-5 in the 2018 season in contests decided by two or fewer runs.
Missouri State is led offensively by senior Kaitlin Beason who is off to a great start in the 2018 campaign. The senior first baseman is slashing .354/.440/.538 with two home runs and nine RBI’s for the year.
Junior catcher and Lee’s Summit, Mo., native Darian Frost will need to be carefully pitched to by the Roos staff as the team’s biggest power threat. Frost leads the Bears with three home runs and 14 RBI’s on the year.
The Missouri State pitching staff has been sharp in the first half of the 2018 season with a pair of hurlers sporting era’s under 2.50 over 50+ innings of work. UMKC will likely see either senior Holly Kelley or freshman Stephanie Dickerson in Tuesday’s matchup. Kelley, who is 6-2 with a stingy era of 1.94 on the season, has amassed 54 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .180 average while Dickerson has displayed great control with a 49:18 strikeout to walk ratio.
The Roos will return to Kansas City to host South Dakota State (14-9) for a four-game set in the 2018 home opening series on Mar. 24-25. The series will be the first games played at Urban Youth Academy, the new home of UMKC softball.
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