CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UMKC softball team (0-3) was unable to skate past Southeast Missouri State (2-1) and Green Bay (1-2) on the Saturday, falling by final scores of 13-3 and 7-6, respectively.
The Roos opened the day with Southeast Missouri State, who opened the game with six straight batters reaching base safely. The Redhawks posted five runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third to a 10-1 lead heading in the fourth inning play.
UMKC pitchers Olivia Fluehr (Loves Park, Ill.) and Lynsey Conner (Peggs, Okla.) had no answer for the powerful offensive attack, combining to allow eight earned runs on 11 hits over three innings of work. Sara Miller (Marietta, Ga.) pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up three runs on three hits.
Offensively, it was a quiet game at the plate for the Roos. Sydney Garcia (Kansas City, Mo.) ignited the offense early with a leadoff home run, her first of the 2018 season. Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) drove in a pair of runs in the game in going 1-for-3 with a double.
Game two against Green Bay started off a similar fashion to the first, as the Phoenix put three runs up in the top of the first to set the tone. Following another Green Bay score in the second frame, the Roos found answer in closing the gap.
Garcia would pick up her second RBI of the day on a single up the middle to score Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) and a bases-loaded walk from Tiler Noyola (Montgomery, Texas) trimmed the deficit to 4-2. The RBI was the first of Noyola’s UMKC career.
The scoring would stop there as UMKC left three runners stranded in a crucial moment. Green Bay responded with two more runs in the bottom of the third and another in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 advantage.
A major rally by the Roos in the final inning of play nearly completed the comeback but fell just short. An RBI double from Goodwin followed by a three-run homer from Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) brought the team within one run but ultimately could not scratch another run across, losing by a 7-6 final score. The home run was the first of the season for Byrn.
UMKC finishes play in the UNI-Dome Classic with tomorrow afternoon with games against Drake at 2 p.m. CT and Northern Iowa at 4:15 p.m. CT. The finale against Northern Iowa will have video broadcast on ESPN3 and both contests will have Live Stats available.
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