(Vermillion, S.D.) – Looking to bounce back after dropping both games in yesterday’s doubleheader, the Kansas City Kangaroos (16-22, 5-6 SL) fell short to the South Dakota Coyotes (28-16, 11-5 SL) in the series finale Sunday afternoon, 3-1.
Coming into today’s contest, South Dakota held down the fourth spot in the league standings and already clinched a spot in The Summit League tournament, while the Kangaroos were fifth in the league standings.
After holding the Kangaroos scoreless in the first, South Dakota took a 1-0 lead later in the inning when catcher Allie Daly drove in outfielder Katie Dinning, who tripled earlier in the frame, with a double to left.
Although, Kansas City knotted the game in the second when outfielder Bri Wyatt RBI-singled through the left side with two outs as infielder Katie Kelley, who doubled to lead off the inning, scored from third.
As the game continued on, UMKC’s starting pitcher Deanna Friese (11-10) allowed no hits and tallied seven strikeouts after the first inning, while the Kangaroos offense could not get over the hump as the game remained tied at one heading into the bottom of the sixth.
What looked as if the Kangaroos were going to get out of the inning after retiring the first two batters, the Coyotes connected for back-to-back solo home runs by way of Daly (13) and outfielder Morgan Hancock (6) to take a 3-1 lead.
With the Kangaroos now facing a two-run deficit in the seventh, pitcher Erica Denney (16-7) and the South Dakota defense retired Kansas City’s lineup in order to secure the victory and take the sweep.
At game’s end, the Kangaroos outhit South Dakota, 7-4, led by Wyatt going 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the other hand, Kansas City stranded nine batters throughout Sunday afternoon’s contest.
In the circle, Friese finished the game allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks and recording a game-high nine K’s.
Coming up, the Blue & Gold will take on the Iowa State Cyclones tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.).