Billikens Slip Past Kansas City, 3-1
UMKC Athletics 3-28-2013
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(St. Louis, Mo.) – Despite owning the hitting advantage in Thursday evening’s road matchup with the Saint Louis Billikens (12-12), 4-3, the Kansas City Kangaroos (11-14) could not come away with a victory, falling 3-1 in their second game in as many days.

In the second, no score, infielder Chelsea Hartwig recorded a two-out double to right for UMKC’s first hit of the game.  Although, ensuing batter Alexandra Friloux stranded Hartwig by striking out swinging to end the inning.  Meanwhile, Saint Louis grabbed a 2-0 lead during the frame when catcher Ellie Huffman (1) hit a two-run homer off pitcher Deanna Friese (7-7).

As the game progressed, neither squad was able to get on the board until the sixth when Kansas City’s offense revived up, beginning with outfielder Brooke Parker capitalizing on a Saint Louis error to reach first base with one out. Next up, infielder Liz Broyles singled through the left side while Parker advanced to third, followed by Kansas City’s RBI leader, Marlee Maples (25), driving in Parker with a single to center field.

With momentum on UMKC’s side, the Billikens held the Kangaroos scoreless throughout the rest of the inning, including forcing designated hitter Caitlin Christopher to fly out deep to center field to end the frame.  Coming in, Christopher was riding a two-game home run streak.

However, Saint Louis answered by making it a 3-1 ball game when catcher Alyson Brand RBI-doubled with two outs to bring in a runner from second.         

Down to its last three outs, Hartwig led off the seventh with a walk to kick-start a possible rally for the Kangaroos.  Unfortunately, Kansas City could not breakthrough as the Billikens retired the next three batters, including Jenna Rangel striking out looking to end the game.

In the circle at game’s end, along with Friese, Katie Kelley (1-1) and Cinda Ramos (3-6) each pitched two innings while allowing two walks and tallying four strikeouts.

Coming up, the Blue & Gold will open their home schedule and Summit League action with the Omaha Mavericks next weekend (April 6 – 7).

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