The softball team, currently 9-5 in their spring schedule, began the season as fourth pick in the Summit League pre-season poll.
After narrowly missing a Summit League Championship play-off spot last season, the Roos will look to go at least one step further as they aim to conquer the initial bragging rights of their Summit League competitors.
The Roos are off to a great start in the season with a successful road trip to Hammond, La., in which they defeated Jackson State, Southern, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana convincingly to claim the 2011 Lion Classic Tournament honors.
Along with the team’s reward, Megan Ussary was named Summit League Play of the Week, while Deanna Friese collected the Pitcher of the Week title.
Next up for the Gold and Blue ladies was another road trip to Clarksville, Tenn., for the Austin Peay Spring Classic.
After an opening day of defeats, the Roos bounced back to beat Cleveland State and Ball State respectively to give them a much more deserved 2-2 record for this away trip.
Emily Ott was rewarded for her back-to-back 3-for-3 games in the second day victories with the Summit League Player of the Week award as her numbers for the weekend were outstanding.
She hit at a .769 clip (10-for-13) with three doubles, a triple, four RBIs, two stolen bases and one run scored.
Ott said it was a weekend of play where “everything just seemed to go right.”
Just last weekend, the Roos competed in the UCF/Courtyard by Marriott Invitational II in Orlando, Fla. They finished with a 3-2 record after opening wins versus Maine, University of Central Florida and University of North Florida, respectively.
The Lady Roos returned home briefly before they again embarked on a road trip to St. Louis for games against Missouri State, Southeast Missouri, and the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) and University of Missouri- St. Louis (UMSL) this past weekend.
So far, the season has proved successful as the team shapes up for Summit League Conference play beginning Saturday, March 12, against North Dakota State.
Behind the solid coaching of Head Coach Meredith Smith and Assistant Coach Shanna Easley, the softball team looks in good form to challenge for Summit League honors this season.
Ott’s all-time UMKC history batting average of .380 continues to impress, coupled with the great season Ussary and Friese are having and added to the outstanding performances of Kaelene Curry. The Roos could well be in the hunt for glory in 2011.