KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team (8-2) finished a perfect 5-0 in the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Ga., after knocking off host Georgia Southern (8-4) on Sunday at Eagle Field.
With the victory, the Roos moved to 8-2 overall, making it the best start in school history, surpassing the 7-3 starts by both the 2011 and 2015 squads.
On the mound, D.J. Cannon picked up her fourth win of the season, going 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one run with two strikeouts, while Kailyn Packard picked up the save after tossing a hitless three innings of work with a strikeout.
The two teams were held scoreless over the first two innings of work, but UMKC pushed across a pair in the top of the third.
Bre Hunter led off the inning with a walk and pinch runner Ashley Thorne promptly stole second and advanced to third on an error. Faith Willis’ sacrifice bunt then plated Thorne. Willis followed Thorne’s lead and stole second and advanced to third on Sydney Garcia’s single. Alexis D’Ambrosio then knocked in Willis with a sac fly to left.
The Eagle’s would cut the lead in half with a solo homerun in the bottom half of the inning, but the Roo pitchers would lock down and power Kansas City to victory, its sixth straight.
Prior to the tournament the Roos suffered through a series of travel issues, with their initial flight to Atlanta being cancelled and having to be rerouted through Dallas and Houston. Once in Atlanta they followed with a four hour drive, not making it to their hotel until 3:30, only to have a 5:30 a.m. departure for the 9 a.m. contest.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next Friday when they open up play in the Black & Gold Spring Tournament in Montgomery, Ala., where they will open with Presbyterian at 9 a.m. CT and Howard at 2 p.m. CT.
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