Cougar Softball Splits a Pair of One-Run Games
WALNUT RIDGE, AR -- The Columbia Cougars earned a split Tuesday in the semifinal round of the American Midwest Conference tournament. Columbia upset top seeded Williams Baptist 1-0 in the first game of the doubleheader, but the Eagles fought back to claim the second game over the fourth seeded Cougars 2-1. With the split the Cougars are 27-18 on the season.
Jordan Crisp (17-8) was a stud on the mound for Columbia in game one. The senior held the Eagles to just two hits in the contest and allowed four walks while fanning two. Columbia scored the lone run of the ballgame in the fifth inning. Jessica Hardy's shot to the pitcher's mound gave life to the Cougars with two out. A wild pitch and a wild throw by the catcher put Hardy on third. Chelsie Crain's hard hit grounder to the first scored Hardy after the ball rebounded off of the first baseman's foot.
Columbia combined for five hits in the ballgame, including two by Hardy.
The Cougars capitalized on an error by the Eagles defense to score but weren't able to string anything together late in the game to recover from the runs Williams Baptist scored in the second and fourth. Columbia managed just one hit in the contest. Taylor Richter (10-8) took the tough loss on the mound, striking out three.
The split means the Cougars and Eagles will face off in a third and deciding game on Wednesday, May 2nd starting at 2 p.m. The winner of Wednesday's contest will advance to the championship series slated to start on Friday, May 4th. In the other semifinal matchup between second seeded William Woods and third seeded Park University, the two teams also managed a split and will play their deciding game Wednesday at 2 p.m.