Four Home Runs Highlight Split With Seattle U
UMKC Athletics 4-21-2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three Roos hit four home runs in the UMKC softball team’s (15-32, 5-6 WAC) split with Seattle U (16-17, 5-6 WAC) at Missouri 3&2 Complex on Friday.

Shortstop Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) hit a pair of home runs, while Kendra Leach (Easton, Kan.) and Abbi Johnson (Midwest City, Okla.) each hit one over the center field wall.

In UMKC’s 10-4 loss in the first game of the twin bill, Leach hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first to put the Roos on the board. Both teams added a run in the second, as Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) hit a lead-off single to the shortstop and made her way home on an error by Seattle U’s pitcher.

A five-run fifth extended the Redhawks’ lead, but UMKC answered in the bottom of the inning. Junior Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was dealt a lead-off walk and Byrn bombed her fourth home run of the week to close the gap on Seattle U’s lead.

The Redhawks would add three more runs in the final two innings to take the game from the Roos.

UMKC tallied a run in the first inning of the second game, after Leach hit a lead-off single to left field and was brought home by another error by the Redhawks. After two scoreless innings, Seattle U added three runs to the board in the fourth, but UMKC responded with five runs of their own.

Back-to-back singles by Lombardini and Maegan Rollow (Broken Arrow, Okla.) brought Johnson to the plate with one out. Johnson launched her second home run of the season over the wall, as the Roos regained the lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for UMKC and a two RBI single by Bri Sims (Rowlett, Texas) gave the Roos the 6-3 cushion.

UMKC tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, before Seattle U utilized a three-run sixth inning to make it an 8-6 game. In the bottom of the sixth, Byrn’s lead-off long ball brought the game back to a 9-6 lead for the Roos.

In UMKC’s four games this week, Byrn has combined for five home runs to give the sophomore 11 on the year. She currently ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference and third in UMKC single season program history in the category.

Seattle U would score a run in the seventh, but the Roos held on for the 9-7 victory.

“I thought we made improvements from the first game, both offensively and defensively,” commented head coach Meredith Smith Neal. “The bottom part of our lineup really helped add to the game.”

UMKC has decided to move its final game at Missouri 3&2 Complex from a 12 p.m. CT start time to a 1 p.m. CT first pitch due to the anticipated overnight precipitation. Prior to the rubber match, the team’s four seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments.

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