Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
‘Roos Get Set to Host League Foe IPFW Over the Weekend
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:03/23/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.) - The UMKC softball team (11-11, 1-2 SL) will take on the IPFW Mastodons (20-6, 5-1 SL) this weekend in a three-game set at the Missouri 3&2 Field.

Saturday, will be a doubleheader with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m., while Sunday's contest is set to start at 12 p.m.

Currently, IPFW sits second behind North Dakota State (19-11, 3-0 SL) in the league standings, while UMKC is sixth behind Southern Utah (15-11, 5-1 SL), Western Illinois (14-13, 5-1 SL), and South Dakota (5-22, 3-3 SL).

THE OPPONENT

» IPFW Mastodons (20-6, 5-1 Summit League as of March 23)

Entering the weekend, the Mastodons are winners of eight out of their last 10.  Earlier in the season, IPFW held a 10-game winning streaking before dropping two-straight to Lipscomb on March 7. 

Offensively, IPFW has four players with 20+ hits this season led by outfielder Mackenzie Ritsema (31).  RBI wise, the Mastodons have three players with 20 or more led by infielder Ashleigh Bousquet with 23, followed by infielder Alex Bousquet and pitcher/infielder Courtney Cronin with 20. Also for Cronin at the plate, she leads the team in home runs (4), while Alex Bousquet is second (3).

On the mound, Cronin (11-2) holds a team-best 0.73 ERA along with a team-high 75 strikeouts in 14 appearances this season.  As for Megan Flenniken (5-3) and Miranda Kramer (4-1), both have made 10 appearances as Flenniken holds a 1.32 ERA with 40 strikeouts, while Kramer holds a 1.96 ERA with 44 strikeouts and a team-best two saves.

At the helm, head coach Amy Tudor is in her third season at IPFW.  During her short tenure, Tudor has led IPFW to records of 29-19 and 28-15-1, which was more wins than the previous four seasons before her arrival, combined. 

» The Series: UMKC is 7-7 all-time against the Mastodons.  Last time out, the Kangaroos kept their 2011 season alive on May 13 with a 5-2 win over IPFW in an elimination game of The Summit League Championships.

Earlier in the season, UMKC was swept on the road by IPFW in a three-game set as the Mastodons outscored the 'Roos, 12-3. 

USSARY AND RAMOS NAMED TO THE UK INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM; UMKC FINISHES THIRD

On March 19, senior infielder Megan Ussary and freshman pitcher Cinda Ramos (8-4) were named to the Kentucky Invitational All-Tournament Team for their performances over five games (March 16-18).

In the tournament, UMKC went 1-4 with losses to North Carolina State, UAB (5-1 and 3-1), and Kentucky, but beat the Wolfpack the second time around, 3-2, in the consolation game to finish third.

Leading the way, Ussary batted .286 with four hits and one homerun along with two stolen bases.  In UMKC's second matchup against UAB on March 17, the Agency, Mo. native went 3-for-3 with a homer and one stolen base.

As for Ramos, she went 1-2 in three starts for a 2.58 ERA along with five strikeouts, while batting .333 with two hits and an RBI at the plate. 

In the win over NC State, the Olathe, Kan. native completed her sixth game of the year allowing two runs and striking out three, while going 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI.

MOVING UP THE CAREER LIST

This past week, five Kangaroo student-athletes moved up the all-time UMKC career list in seven different categories.

Kelly Fischer moved into eighth place for most played games (174) and is now fifth for most walks (43).

As for Kaelene Curry, she is now in ninth place for most games played (171) and moved into second for most hits (186). 

Also, Anna Sokolik moved into a tie with Lindsay Kendrick (2002-03) for the ninth most doubles (20) and holds the fifth slot for  most RBI (63), while Emily Ott moved into a three-way with Jennifer Heavner (1997-00) and Marci Wedel (1998-00) for the eighth most hits (123).

On the mound, Deanna Friese (3-7) is now third for both most appearances (86) and innings pitched (465.2).

THROUGH 22 GAMES IN 2011...

The 'Roos were 3-3 in the Summit League and 13-9 overall coming off a 7-2 loss to IPFW in the last game of a three-game set on March 19.

Currently, the Blue & Gold are 11-11 (1-2 SL) through 22 games heading into a three-game set against IFPW.

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