KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The long ball and miscues proved to be the difference-makers in the series deciding game against Kansas City on Sunday (April 15). The Kangaroos used a solo home run and a two-run shot in the third followed by a four run fourth to secure the 9-0 run rule win in after five innings.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kansas City used two hits and an error to plate two runs for the early advantage. After a single and a walk put two on base, Katie Kelly singled to right to bring home a runner and an error on the play allowed a second run to cross.
The Leatherneck offense was held at bay by Kangaroo starting pitcher Deanna Friese until the top of the third inning when Tierney Bottino ripped a single into left field to open the frame. After Emma Jarrell laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bottino into scoring position, Kansas City issued an intentional walk to Sammy Marshall. Briana Williams made it bases loaded via an infield single with two outs, however a long fly ball to the warning track in left ended the inning stranding three.
In the bottom half of the third, the Kansas City bats heated up as Marlee Maples and Chelsea Hartwig knocked a solo home run and a two-run home run out of the park, respectively. A ground out followed by a diving catch down the line in left out of Bottino ended the scoring drive for the ‘Roos.
Teagan Walsh recorded the final hit of the contest for the Leathernecks with a single in the top of the fourth, but it was all Kansas City from there. The Kangaroos scored four runs on three hits and three errors to carry a 9-0 lead into the fifth inning.
Friese and the Kansas City defense retired the Leathernecks in order ending the game early in five innings 9-0. The complete game win brings Friese to 9-9 on the season. Kelsey Michelini (4-10) took the loss in the circle allowing four earned runs in her three innings of work. Walsh came in to pitch the final inning in relief and allowed one earned run.
Williams, Walsh and Bottino each turned in 1-for-2 performances at the plate with singles.
Western falls to 9-17 altogether and 3-10 in Summit League play following the loss, while Kansas City moves to 14-17 overall and 3-3 in conference action.
The Leathernecks return to Summit League action against IUPUI on Monday and Tuesday (April 15-16). The contests were moved up a day to avoid a rainy Wednesday (April 17) weather forecast. The series begins with a 3 p.m. double header on Monday (April 15) and ends with a 3 p.m. single game on Tuesday (April 16) in Macomb, Ill.