‘Roos Hold Off Titans for Third Straight Win
UMKC Athletics 2-26-2012
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(Evansville, Ind.) - The UMKC softball team (5-4) defeated the Detroit-Mercy Titans (0-6) 8-5 in game one of Sunday's doubleheader in the second day of the Evansville Tournament.

In the bottom of the first after senior Kaelene Curry grounded out to lead off the inning, the 'Roos hit three consecutive singles to load the bases for junior Emily Ott.  The Des Plaines, Ill. native then doubled to left-center to bring home senior's Kelly Fischer and Megan Ussary to give UMKC an early 2-0 lead.

Later in the inning with two on and one out, same score, junior Lindsey Davis grounded out to third, but junior Chelsea Hartwig scored to increase the Kangaroo lead to three.

Next inning, the Titans cut into the lead when Cinda Ramos (4-1) gave up a lead-off solo homer to Karyn McCarty.  Ramos answered later in the inning by forcing two ground outs and recording her first strikeout of the game.

In the fourth, the 'Roos offense revved up again sparked by a Bri Wyatt walk and stolen base.  After a single by Curry, Fischer reached on a fielder's choice as Wyatt came into score.

Two batters later with two on and two outs, Hartwig RBI-doubled through the left side to bring home Curry and Fischer to make it a 6-1 ball game.  Next up, Ott increased the lead when she singled to right and senior Ashley Whiteside came around to score from second.

Heading into the top sixth, Ott replaced Ramos on the mound for her first appearance of the season.  Two batters later after two lead-off singles by the Titans, Shelby Long RBI-doubled to right-center to make it a 7-3 contest.

Later in the inning, the Titans tacked on two more runs after RBI's by Alyssa Gietl and Vanessa Garcia.

In the bottom of the sixth with two on and one out, Ott capped off a wonderful day at the plate by driving in her fourth run of the game as freshman Marlee Maples come around from second to make it a 8-5 ball game.

After recording the first two outs in the top of seventh, Ott gave up two singles with Long coming to the plate. Head coach Meredith Smith then re-inserted Ramos as she struck-out Long to end the game.

Offensively, the Blue & Gold had its best outing of the season recording a season-high in runs (8) and hits (11) led by Ott going 3-of-4 with four RBI's.  Also, Hartwig and Curry went 2-for-3 with four hits and two runs scored, while Hartwig drove in two RBI's.  

The 'Roos will close out the Evansville Tournament later today at 1:30 p.m. against Butler.  Yesterday, UMKC defeated the Bulldogs 2-0.      

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