Katie Kelley Shines in Stillwater

The Roos took second place in the Mizuno Classic this past weekend in Stillwater, Okla. A slow start cost the Roos a 2-3 loss against Evansville University Friday morning, but they answered back that evening with an exciting win over the University of Connecticut 10-7 in an offensive battle.

The Roos fell 7-8 against Oklahoma State, which placed them back up against UConn to end the day. Yet again, the Roos claimed victory over the Huskies, which placed them in the final game against Oklahoma State.

UMKC softball woke up seeking revenge against the Cowgirls Sunday morning. After a seven-inning hit parade between both teams, the Roos fell to OSU 7-11, sending them back to Kansas City with a second place title.

However, two devastating losses against Oklahoma State didn’t stop junior Katie Kelley from shining in her home state this past weekend. Kelley has been a force to reckon with both in the batter’s box and on the mound.  Kelley batted an incredible .500, had 16 RBI’s, four home runs and two doubles.

Kelley’s stats this weekend in Oklahoma were not a fluke. She hit .786, four home runs, eight RBI’s, five doubles and a 2.000 slugging percentage in her last appearance in Arlington, Texas, which nominated her for National Player of the Week.

“I go in looking for my pitch early in the count and then when I get deep in the count I fight off until I get my pitch,” Kelley said, “but sometimes I go into at bats knowing the pitcher is not going to get a ball past me.”

She also said that in order to win a WAC Championship, “it’s going to take all of us hitting on all cylinders and our defense working behind our pitchers.”

The Roos start next weekend against St. Louis in Lawrence. The road to a WAC rings starts March 27 versus California Bakersfield.

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