With this defeat, the Kangaroos dropped their fifth straight, despite entering the weekend on a four-game winning streak.
In the second, with the Mavs leading 1-0, UTA pushed its lead to five, sparked by a Taylor Zink RBI-single that drove in a run. With the bases loaded later in the inning, same score, pitcher Teri Lyles (10-2) cleared the bases with a double.
Two innings later, with the Mavs now leading 6-0, Kansas City had a chance to get back in the game when it loaded the bases with nobody out after infielder Chelsea Hartwig reached first on an UTA error. Next up, catcher Alexandra Friloux drove in pinch runner Katie Cruse with a fielder's choice-RBI, whereas designated player/pitcher Katie Kelley (1-1) was out at third and Hartwig moved to second. Although, the Mavs kept the Kangaroos at bay by retiring the next two batters to get out of the inning.
In the fifth, the Kangaroos could not hold off UTA as Zink drove in her second RBI of the day with a single, infielder Meagan Michele tripling to bring in a run and catcher Rachel Forshaw driving in a run with a single to seal the victory.
Later this week, UMKC will look to bounce back at Wichita State with a doubleheader (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on Wednesday, followed by its league-opening series at Fort Wayne over the weekend.