LAWRENCE, Kan. – The UMKC softball team (7-17) wrapped up play in the Rock Chalk Challenge with a frustrating 3-0 loss to Kansas (22-6) where the team left nine runners on base.
Following a scoreless first inning of play, UMKC put themselves into a great position to jump out to an early lead as back to back singles from Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.) put two runners aboard with just one out. The Roos were unable to capitalize, ending the threat with a strikeout and groundout to end the frame.
Kansas responded in the bottom of the second with a pair of RBI singles off of starter Sara Miller (Marietta, Ga.) to claim a 2-0 advantage. Miller, making her third start of the weekend, tossed four solid innings of work and allowed three runs on seven hits in picking up the tough loss.
The Roos continued to knock on the door in looking to crack the scoreboard but would strand a pair of runners in both the third and fourth innings, unable to come up with a big hit to get to Kansas starter Andie Formby. The Jayhawks would scratch across another run on an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth to finish the scoring for the day in taking a 3-0 lead.
Olivia Fluehr (Loves Park, Ill.) pitched the final two innings for the Roos and did a phenomenal job with two shutout frames in her relief appearance. Goodwin and Sydney Garcia (Kansas City, Mo.) each collected a pair of hits on the day to lead the team offensively.
The Roos will travel to Missouri State (16-10) for a single game on Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 5 p.m. CT before hosting the 2018 home opening series with South Dakota State (14-9) on Mar. 24-25.
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