Nashville, Tenn. – The Roos went 1-1 on the second day of the Belmont Winter Fest Tournament with a 4-2 win over UMBC and a 7-6 loss to Belmont on Saturday.
UMBC scored first in the second inning on a double steal. The Roos answered back in their half of the inning with three runs, two coming on a triple from Maegan Rollow (Broken Arrow, Okla.). Rollow stole home later in the inning for UMKC’s third run.
UMBC cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth on a fielding error. In the bottom of the fifth, Kendra Leach (Easton, Kan.) brought home Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) on a double to center field to put the Roos back up on top by two. UMKC held on and won 4-2.
Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) went the distance in the circle for the Roos. She gave up two runs and struck out one over her seven innings.
In game two, UMKC and Belmont remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Bruins scored on a sacrifice fly. The Roos took the lead in their half of the fourth inning when Leach scored on an error, and Rollow singled home Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.). Belmont answered back with four runs in the home half of the fifth inning.
The top of the seventh inning proved fruitful for the Roos as they scored four times to take a 6-5 lead. Leach started the scoring on a triple to right center allowing Goodwin to come home after her leadoff double. Byrn singled home Leach two batters later cutting the Bruin lead to 5-4. Lombardini singled two batters later scoring Byrn and tying the game at 5-5. Rollow put the Roos on top with a double, bringing home Ashlin O’Brien (Fond du Lac, Wis.).
Belmont led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run, and won the game on a bases-loaded single.
Rollow finished the game 4-4 with two doubles and two RBI’s. Goodwin, Leach, Byrn and O’Brien each finished the game with two hits.
“We are very happy with Lia’s outing in the first game,” head coach Meredith Smith Neal said. “We started hitting a little bit better today, but we need to do a better job of pushing runners across the plate early in the game. Maegan Rollow had a terrific second game on her birthday.”
The Roos play tomorrow at 10 a.m. in a rematch with UMBC.
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