KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (4-11) was unable to overcome an early deficit against Missouri State (6-5) on the opening day of the We Back Pat Tournament, falling to the Bears, 8-0.
“Opening day on your home field is always exciting,” commented head coach Meredith Smith Neal. “Today was awesome. The softball could have been better, but seeing all of the work from the different departments come together for not only the tournament, but a great cause, just wows me.”
In the top of the first inning, the Bears jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over the Roos. The second out for MSU came from a play made by UMKC’s starting pitcher Lynsey Conner (Peggs, Okla.) and catcher Abbi Johnson (Midwest City, Okla.). The Bears’ runner on third tried to come home but Conner threw to Johnson, who made the play at the plate. The Roos escaped the inning on a pop-up to Conner in the following at-bat.
MSU would add two more runs in the following two innings to take a commanding 6-0 lead over the Roos after three innings at Missouri 3&2 Complex.
UMKC’s lone hit came from shortstop Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) in the bottom of the fifth inning, preventing the Bears’ pitcher from throwing the no-hitter. Byrn singled, but back-to-back fielder’s choices kept the Roos from advancing any further as the Bears took the game, 8-0, in five innings.
“We ended up with one of the largest crowds we’ve ever had at that venue,” said Smith Neal. “With the weather forecast this weekend, we are looking forward to a loud, exciting weekend of softball at the park.”
The Roos will return to action in the We Back Pat Tournament on Saturday with games against Saint Louis and Southeast Missouri at 3 p.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT, respectively. The tournament will conclude with the championship round on Sunday afternoon.
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