KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC softball team is set to kick off its 32nd season this weekend in the Total Control Sports Invitational in Rosemont, Ill., on the campus of Loyola-Chicago. The Roos are scheduled to play five games in the three-day event, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. CST.
There will be live updates on Twitter. Make sure to follow the softball team at @UMKCSB. The contest with host school Loyola-Chicago Friday at 4:30 p.m. CST will have live stats, which can be accessed here.
Participating Teams in the Tournament
Butler, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Evansville, IUPUI, Loyola-Chicago, Purdue Fort Wayne, UMKC, UWGB and Western Illinois.
About the Roos
Looking to bounce back from a 15-41 (2-13) record a season ago, UMKC is only returning four starting position players from last year’s squad and must replace the team’s entire pitching staff. Bringing back two of their outfield starters from last season, the Roos expect big returning seasons from junior Sydney Garcia (.322/.385/.425) and senior Maegan Rollow (.251/.292/.357) to help balance the large influx of newcomers to this year’s team.
The 2019 campaign will be the 13th season at UMKC for head coach Meredith Smith Neal. Currently sitting at a school-record 240 career victories, Meredith is just 10 wins from hitting the prestigious 250-win mark in her career. Eleven newcomers are joining the 2019 team, including seven freshmen set to begin their collegiate career.
The Roos will open play with a contest against Detroit on Friday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 PM CT before squaring off with Loyola-Chicago later in the day at 4:30 PM. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Roos will face off with IUPUI at 9:00 AM, followed by DePaul at 2:00 PM. In the final day in Rosemont, UMKC will round out the Total Control Sports Invitational with a matchup against Western Illinois at 9:00 AM.
The Roos will take a trip down south to Statesboro, Ga., for the Eagle Round Robin hosted by Georgia Southern the following weekend, Feb. 15-17. Opponents will include Mount St. Mary’s (Md.), IUPUI, Morehead State, and Georgia Southern.