KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (7-21) continued their weekend series with South Dakota State (19-9) with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, falling by final scores of 9-4 and 9-2.
The South Dakota State offense opened up Saturday play with a spark, sending out a solo home run in the opening frame of game one and dropping a four-run second inning on starting pitcher Lynsey Conner (Peggs, Okla.). The big inning knocked Conner out of the game and put the Jackrabbits up 5-0.
UMKC strung together a big scoring frame of their own in the bottom of the second, striking for four runs to cut the deficit to one. Olivia Fluehr (Loves Park, Ill.) and Morgan Byrn (Lawrence, Kan.) sent back to back home runs over the fence start the at-bat. It was the third of the season for Byrn and the team-best sixth of the year for Fluehr.
Two more runs would score on a South Dakota State error that crossed Tiler Noyola (Montgomery, Texas) and Kelsey Goodwin (Broken Arrow, Okla.), cutting the Jackrabbits’ lead to 5-4. The Roos were unable to generate further offense over the final five innings of play while seeing their opposition strike for single runs in the third and fourth in addition to more in the sixth to close the game at 9-4.
In game two of the doubleheader, Fluehr was given the start in the circle and tossed four scoreless frames, allowing just two hits, until running into trouble in the fifth inning. The Roos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single from Lia Lombardini (Chesterton, Ind.), her 11th run driven over the past eight games.
UMKC would strike for another run in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI triple into the right-center gap from freshman Macy Hornosky (New Orleans, La.). It was the newcomers first triple of her Roo career.
Trouble would find the team in the top of the fifth where South Dakota State put together six hits and used a pair of UMKC errors to strike for seven runs. The Jackrabbits would tack on two more in the top of the sixth to wrap up the scoring in the contest at 9-2.
The Roos will play the series finale with South Dakota State tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT before heading the nation’s capital for three games over spring break.
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