MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The UMKC softball team (3-6) struggled to get the bats going in a pair of games Saturday in the Madeira Beach Invitational, falling to UNC Greensboro 3-2 and Georgia Southern 4-0.
Following a split in two games to open the event, the Roos kicked off Saturday play with a morning contest against UNC Greensboro (5-2). Lynsey Conner (Peggs, Okla.) started the game in the circle, looking to build off two consecutive dominant outings. The senior pitcher was quite sharp once again as she battled through four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out a pair.
UNC Greensboro starter Stephanie Bryden proved to be tough for the Roos lineup, as the team was unable to reach basely through her first six innings of work. It looked as if Bryden would easily go the distance, but UMKC found a way to strike back in their last chance to tie the game.
Ashlin O’Brien (Fond du Lac, Wis.) led off the top of the seventh with a single up the middle for the team’s first hit of the game. With the tying run at the plate, Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) changed the game with one swing of the bat as she belted an 0-2 pitch down the left line for a two-run home run. The pair of RBI’s boosted her total to a team-best 10 for the year.
The Roos were unable to strike again in the top of the final frame and took the game into the home half of the seventh inning tied 2-2. UMKC was unable to extend the contest to extras as three hits from UNC Greensboro brought in a run for a 3-2 final score.
UMKC took the field again immediately following game one with a matchup against Georgia Southern (5-2) in what would be another quiet showing for the offense. The Roos were able to record just three hits and four base runners in the contest. Ashlin O’Brien led the way with a 2-3 outing at the plate.
Sophomore pitcher Andra O’Brien (Fond du Lac, Wis.) started the game and worked three innings, giving up two runs on five hits in picking up the loss. Olivia Fluehr (Loves Park, Ill.) wrapped up the day with four innings in the circle also allowing two runs and six hits.
UMKC will play their last game in the Madeira Beach Invitational tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. CT, taking on Massachusetts (3-4) in the finale. The contest will have Live Stats available.
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