Cougars Too Much for UMKC in Tuesday Night's Doubleheader
UMKC Athletics 3-27-2012
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(Provo, Utah) -The UMKC softball team (12-15, 2-4 SL) fell 8-2 and 16-1 to the BYU Cougars (21-8, 3-0 WAC) in Tuesday night's doubleheader.

In game one, BYU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when infielder J.C. Clayton RBI-singled to left to bring in infielder/outfielder Jessica Dugas from third.  Later in the inning with two on and one out, infielder Stacie Toney RBI-doubled to center as Clayton and outfielder Tiffany Messerschimdt scored to give BYU a 3-0 lead.

Two batters later after infielder Katie Manuma reached on an error by infielder Megan Ussary, Toney scored from third after a wild pitch by Deanna Friese (4-9) to push the Cougars lead to four. 

BYU would later tack on another run when infielder Ashlee Brawley RBI-singled through the right side to bring in Manuma.

In the bottom of the third with one out and nobody on, score still 5-0, Toney homered to right for her third RBI of the game.

In the fourth with nobody on and one out for UMKC, outfielder Emily Ott doubled to center and would later advance to third after a wild pitch by Tori Almond (6-2) to the next batter, Ussary.  With a chance to cut the deficit to five, Ussary RBI-singled through the left side to bring in Ott.  Later in the inning after Ussary stole second, BYU retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Next inning for UMKC with two on and two out, same score, Almond recorded her fifth strikeout of the game when pitcher/outfielder Anna Sokolik went down looking.   

In the bottom half of the fifth, Clayton singled up the middle to lead off.  After retiring the next two batters, Friese gave up a two-run homer to Manuma to make it an 8-1 ball game.

Entering the seventh, the Cougars replaced Almond with Caroline Umphlett (5-2) as she finished Tuesday evening allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven.  

To kick-start a rally, infielder Marlee Maples and outfielder Megan Vicino led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Two batters later after infielder Kaelene Curry grounded out to third, infielder Kelly Fischer RBI-singled to left and would later advance to second on the throw as Maples scored from third and Vicino advanced to second.

But, Umphlett would retire the next two batters to record her third save of the season and seal the victory for BYU.

In the second game, Sokolik (0-1) started her first game as a pitcher this season by walking the bases loaded in the first inning and then was replaced by Cinda Ramos (8-5).

The Cougars would then capitalize as they scored six runs, headlined by infielder Ashlee Brawley doubling to center to bring in three runs to make it a 6-0 ball game.

In the second with nobody on and one out, BYU increased its lead to seven when outfielder Delaney Willard homered for a team-high 12th time this season.

Next inning for UMKC with two outs and Sokolik at second after doubling up the middle, Ott RBI-doubled to center, but was thrown at third to end the inning.

In the fourth, BYU scored nine runs on nine hits, headlined by a Megan Arnold grand slam to make it a 15-1 ball game.  

Next inning with the Cougars leading 16-1, UMKC would not score again as the game ended via mercy rule.

The Blue & Gold will be in action tomorrow as it will face Utah Valley in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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