Yesterday, the 'Roos defeated Saint Louis (11-9) 7-1 in the first game of the tournament.
In the first inning after two lead-off hits by senior's Kaelene Curry and Kelly Fischer on Saturday, senior Megan Ussary singled to centerfield as Curry scored from third to give UMKC an early 1-0 lead.
Two innings later with two on and nobody out, junior Emily Ott singled towards third base to load the bases for junior Chelsea Hartwig. Hartwig then reached base on a fielder's choice as freshman Lea Diaz scored and Ussary advanced to third, despite Ott getting tagged out at second.
Later in the inning, Hartwig advanced to third as Ussary scored on a wild pitch by Chelsea Jones (2-2) after catcher Stacia Boeckstiegel was unable to control the throw. Next up, senior Anna Sokolik lined out to center, but Hartwig tagged up and scored to give UMKC a 4-0 lead.
The Kangaroo offense continued to flourish in the fifth when freshman Marlee Maples singled down the leftfield line to bring home Ussary for her second run scored on the day. Later in the inning with runners at second and third, Bears pitcher Savannah Wiggins (1-1) walked sophomore Katie Henning, but the ball got away from Boeckstiegel. As a result, junior Tara Wolf scored to put the 'Roos up six.
On the mound, junior Deanna Friese (2-3) through five innings gave up four hits along with striking out two. In the sixth, however, the Kennesaw, Ga. native gave up two lead-off singles to start the inning. Next up, Friese struck out catcher Erin Duewel for the first out. Later, after walking infielder Heather Duckworth to load the bases, infielder Lauren Eisenreich and outfielder Raeven Replogle both went down swinging to end the inning.
For Friese, she recorded her fifth complete game of the year while giving six hits and no runs along with six strikeouts.
In the bottom half of the sixth after a lead-off single by Curry, who later advanced to second on a wild pitch by Wiggins, Ussary doubled to left-center to bring Curry home to score.
At game's end, Curry and Fischer went 2-for-4 with two hits, while Curry scored two runs. Also, Ussary went 2-for-3 with three hits along with two RBI and two runs scored, while Maples also went 2-for-3 with two hits and one RBI.
The 'Roos will finish the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Sunday against Southeast Missouri (4-9) at 11 a.m. and Mizzou (8-3) at 5 p.m.