Cougars Earn Sweep to Round Out Regular Season Play
COLUMBIA -- The Columbia Cougar softball team finished out the 2012 regular season Tuesday by sweeping American Midwest Conference (AMC) opponent Benedictine University at Springfield. Columbia logged their third straight run-rule game by winning the first contest 13-5 in five innings. Columbia won the nightcap by a score of 5-3 to improve to 24-16 on the season and 11-5 in AMC play.
The Cougars again struggled in the first inning, giving up two runs off of three errors. But, just like yesterday the Cougars bounced right back and scored four runs of their own in the bottom of the second. Columbia added three more runs in the fourth and finished off the game by scoring six in the six to run-rule the Bulldogs.
Jordan Crisp (14-8) got another win on the mound, allowing three earned runs, three hits and three walks. Meagan Thurman, Marli Hayes, Morgan Bounds and Whitni Howell had two hits apiece, contributing to Columbia's 13 hits in the contest.
Jessica Hardy got the scoring started in the second game, hitting a solo home run in the second inning. Chelsie Crain followed Hardy's shot with a double and scored when Thurman hit her first collegiate homer. The Bulldogs answered back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three of their own. Both teams were scoreless in the third. The Cougars scored the game winning run in the fourth after Karina Veit and Thurman hit back to back singles and both scored on Hayes' single to left field.
Columbia was able to fend off the Bulldogs for the next four innings to take the two-run victory. Taylor Richter (10-6) took the win. The hurler gave up seven hits and four walks while fanning eight. Thurman led the squad offensively with three hits, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.