KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (15-33, 5-7 WAC) battled against the Seattle U Redhawks (17.27, 6-6 WAC) on Saturday, but fell 12-6 in nine innings of play.
Sophomore Maegan Rollow (Broken Arrow, Okla.) put UMKC on the board in the bottom of the second with a one-out solo shot into the trees behind the left field wall at Missouri 3&2 Complex. Rollow is the eighth Roo to hit a home run this season and she became the sixth to hit a long ball during Western Athletic Conference competition.
The Redhawks opened the third inning with two singles that converted into two runs for the visitors. In the bottom of the inning, UMKC responded with a Kendra Leach (Easton, Kan.) lead-off double to center field, followed by a Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) single down the left-field line to knot the game at two-all. The Roos took the lead on a double by Bri Sims (Rowlett, Texas) to right field that allowed time for Goodwin touch home plate.
Seattle U tacked on four runs on three hits and an error in the top of the fourth, but the Roos scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Three singles by Leach, Goodwin and Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) loaded the bases for UMKC with one out. Sims’ 25th walk of the season brought the first Roo home. Two more walks were dealt to Rollow and Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) to tie the game at six-all.
Both sides would remain scoreless over the following four innings, but the Redhawks scored three runs before a three-run home run sealed the game for Seattle U in the ninth.
The Roos wrap up the WAC regular season at Utah Valley next weekend, before closing the season at Omaha on May 2.
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