Byrn Leads the Way for UMKC in Losses to SEMO, SLU
UMKC Athletics 3-4-2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (4-13) fell to Southeast Missouri (10-2), 4-2, after dropping the first game of the day to St. Louis (7-4), 6-4, on the second day of the We Back Pat Tournament at Missouri 3&2 Complex. Sophomore Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) went 4-for-6 with 4 RBIs and a home run on Saturday to lead the Roos.

Teammate Kendra Leach (Easton, Kan.) followed Byrn’s trend, going 3-for-6 from the plate with an RBI and a walk.

In the Roos’ first game of the day, the Billikens tacked two runs on the board in the top of the first inning to take the early lead.

Freshman Sydney Garcia (Kansas City, Mo.) bunted in UMKC’s first at-bat and Faith Willis (Kearney, Mo.) was hit by a pitch to put two-on for the Roos. A sac bunt from Ashlin O’Brien (Fond du Lac, Wis.) advanced the runners, putting them in scoring position. Byrn doubled to center field to tie the game at two-all before Leach’s single gave UMKC the 3-2 lead at the end of the opening inning.

After two scoreless innings by both teams, SLU regained the lead with a single and a triple to give the visitors the 4-3 lead after four. In the fifth inning, the Billikens added two more runs on three hits. UMKC threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning, but SLU came away with the 6-4 victory in their first game of the tournament.

UMKC opened its second game of the day with a double to left field by Leach. SEMO responded with a hit in each of the first three innings before adding a run on the board in the fourth inning after a triple sent a Redhawk home.

SEMO opened the fifth inning with a home run and added two more runs to the board in the sixth inning to take the 4-0 lead going into the top of seventh inning. With two outs, sophomore Bri Sims (Rowlett, Texas) doubled down the left field line.

Byrn stepped up to the plate and bombed her team-leading fourth home run of the season over the 220-foot wall in center field, but the Redhawks ended UMKC’s comeback in the following at-bat.

UMKC will conclude the We Back Pat Tournament on Sunday with a game against one of the three opponents at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Tournament seeding and game time will be determined after the conclusion of Saturday night’s suspended game between Missouri State and SLU on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

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