Cougars Split With Park
COLUMBIA -- The Columbia Cougar softball team managed a split against American Midwest Conference foe Park University Thursday in Columbia. The Cougars won game one by a score of 6-0 and dropped game two 1-0. Columbia moves to 20-16 on the season and 7-5 in conference play.
The Cougar again stepped out in front early, scoring the game winning run in the first inning. Columbia scored three in the first, starting with a single and stolen base by Meagan Thurman. Marli Hayes took a walk and Morgan Bounds followed with a single to load the bases. Whitni Howell's groundout would score the game winner as Thurman crossed the plate for the Cougars first run. Hayes and Bounds scored a batter later on Kristen Eiken's double.
Bounds added another run in the third inning when she started the bottom of the inning off with a solo homerun. Columbia added one more run in the fifth and one in the sixth to defeat the Pirates 6-0.
Jordan Crisp (12-8) goes the distance in game one. The senior gave up two walks and three hits while fanning two.
The second game was a defensive battle between the two teams, going scoreless through the first five and a half innings. In the bottom of the sixth the Pirates led off with a solo homerun to add the first run of the game to the scoreboard. With three outs to win it, Columbia led off the inning with a fly-out but gained confidence after a single by Karina Veit. However, luck wasn't on their side as Alex Ridenhour's line drive shot turned into a double play for the Pirates to end the contest.
Taylor Richter (8-6) took the loss on the mound, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out three.
Columbia continues their busy week when they host new conference member Benedictine University at Springfield on Saturday, April 14th. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Antimi Black field.