KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (3-2) will continue play in the 2019 season this weekend competing in the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Ga., on the campus of Georgia Southern. The Roos are scheduled to play five games in the three-day event, beginning Friday at 8 a.m. CST.
There will be live updates on Twitter. Make sure to follow the softball team at @UMKCSB. Live stats will also be available for all five games, and can be accessed here. The game Sunday against host school Georgia Southern will also be video streamed live here.
Participating Teams in the Tournament
Georgia Southern, IUPUI, Morehead State, Mount Saint Mary’s, UMKC.
About the Roos
UMKC enters the weekend coming off a 3-2 showing in the opening tournament of 2019, including wins over Detroit, IUPUI, and Western Illinois. The Roos’ success in the Total Control Sports Invitational was fueled by an offense that came out of the gates hot, scoring at least nine runs in each of UMKC’s victories.
UMKC currently ranks third in the WAC with 31 runs and will look to continue its balanced attack, which includes eight Roos batting at least .300 through the first five games, as the team heads into the second weekend of the season.
The Roos will open play in Georgia with a contest against Mount St. Mary’s (MD.) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:00 AM CT before squaring off with IUPUI at 10:30 AM. On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Roos will once again take on IUPUI at 8:00 AM, followed by a matchup with Morehead State at 10:30 AM. On the final day in Statesboro, UMKC will round out the Eagle Round Robin with a matchup against the host school, Georgia Southern, at 10:30 AM.
To view statistics on all players and the team, click here.
Head Coach Meredith Smith Neal
The 2019 campaign is the 13th season at UMKC for head coach Meredith Smith Neal. Currently sitting at a school-record 241 career victories, Meredith is just nine wins from hitting the prestigious 250-win mark in her career.
The Roos will head back down south to Montgomery, Ala., for the Black & Gold Spring Tournament hosted by Alabama State, Feb. 22-24. Opponents will include Presbyterian, Howard, Alabama State, Grambling State and Howard.
The Roos are proud members of NCAA Division I and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). In 32 years of intercollegiate varsity softball, which began in 1988, UMKC is 457-955.
Looking back at last year
Looking to bounce back from a 15-41 (2-13) record a season ago, UMKC is only returning four starting position players from last year’s squad and must replace the team’s entire pitching staff. Bringing back two of their outfield starters from last season, the Roos expect big returning seasons from junior Sydney Garcia (.322/.385/.425) and senior Maegan Rollow (.251/.292/.357) to help balance the influx of 11 newcomers, including seven freshmen, to this year’s team.