UMKC Pushes Hawaii to the Brink, But Fall 1-0 Late
UMKC Athletics 2-14-2012
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(Honolulu, Hawaii) - Monday night, the UMKC softball team (2-4) fell in dramatic fashion yet again to Hawaii (6-0), but this time in a 1-0 contest. In the first meeting on Feb. 10, UH won 5-1 as all of the games runs were scored in the sixth inning.  

In the bottom of the fourth, with two on and two out, pitcher Deanna Friese (0-3) caught UH's Leisha Liilii looking to keep the game scoreless.

Next inning, Friese recorded her eighth and ninth strikeout's to retire the side to keep the score nodded at zero.

Through five innings, the Kennesaw, Ga. native held a no-hitter along with recording nine strikeouts. 

But like in the previous matchup, the game turned in the sixth inning.  To leadoff for UH in the bottom half of the inning, Kayla Wartner belted one deep to centerfield for the first run of the game, followed by a Sarah Robinson double to left.   UMKC defense then kept UH at bay by retiring the next three batters to end the inning.

In an effort to kick-start a rally, Megan Ussary began the top half of the seventh with a single up the middle.  Two batters later with one on and one out, Emily Ott singled to center as Ussary advanced to second. 

After a Caitlin Christopher strikeout, UMKC was down to its last out with Marlee Maples coming to the plate.  In its last gasp, Maples grounded one up the middle, but was barely thrown out at first after hustling hard down the line.

"That was definitely a tough way to end the game, especially with how last week's game ended," said head coach Meredith Smith.  "However, I'm very proud of the girls and Deanna as she did a great job for us tonight going against a tough Hawaii lineup."

Friese finished her third start with two hits given up and one earned run along with nine strikeouts in six innings.  For the season, the 2011 Summit League Pitcher of the Year holds an ERA of 4.33 to go along with 22 strikeouts in four appearances.

As for her counterpart, UH's Stephanie Ricketts (4-0) allowed nine hits and no earned runs to go along with seven strikeouts in seven innings on Monday.

Next up for the Kangaroos will be the Evansville Tournament in Evansville, Ind., Feb. 25-26 as they will take on Evansville, Butler, and Detroit.

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