Cougars Take Two from Lindenwood
ST. CHARLES, MO -- The Columbia College Cougar softball team pushed their win streak to six games Tuesday after sweeping NCAA Division II member Lindenwood University 7-0 and 6-1. The wins improve the Cougars overall record to 15-13.
Columbia struck early in game one, scoring a run in the first inning after a single by Meagan Thurman, a stolen base and a Kristin Eiken double. The Cougars added a second run in the second inning after Jessica Hardy was hit by a pitch. Lauren Berkbuegler pinch ran for Hardy and was sacrificed to second. Karina Veit was also hit by a pitch and Alex Ridenhour reached base on an error to load the bases. Thurman earned the RBI, taking a walk to plate Berkbuegler.
Four singles, including three infield singles, led to two more runs for Columbia in the top of the sixth. The Cougars had their biggest scoring output in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs off of four hits, including a triple by Veit.
The Lions threatened in the bottom of the sixth when the put runners on the corner with just one out, but a groundout to Jordan Crisp and a diving catch by Whitni Howell at second base got the Cougars out of the inning unscathed.
Jordan Crisp (8-7) collected the win, throwing seven shutout innings and giving up just three hits and one walk while fanning seven.
Thurman tallied three hits, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs. Ridenhour also added three hits, an RBI and two runs in the win.
The second game started out much quieter than the first, but it took just three innings for the Cougars to blow it open. In the top of the third Ridenhour opened the inning by reaching base on an error. Eiken moved Ridenhour to second and stayed on first after a fielder's choice by the Lions. Columbia loaded the bases when Marli Hayes was hit by a pitch. Ridenhour scored on the next play as Morgan Bounds reached on another fielder's choice. Howell singled to bring in Hayes and Eiken and Hardy doubled to score Howell and Bounds. Hardy capped off the scoring for the inning after advancing to third and then scoring on back-to-back errors by Lindenwood.
The Lions scored their lone run of the day in the fifth inning.
Taylor Richter (7-4) scored the win on the mound for Columbia. Richter threw five innings, allowing six hits, one run and two walks with six strikeouts. Maria Imhoff (0-2) relieved Richter in the sixth and collected two strikeouts and allowed just one hit.
Howell had the hot bat in the second game, logging four hits in four at-bats with one run and two RBIs. Hardy and Veit pounded two hits apiece.
The Cougars return to American Midwest Conference play on Friday, April 6th when they host rival William Woods University in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Due to the fact that the Cougar Softball Field will soon be replaced with a state of the art science center, the Cougars have moved the remainder of their home contests to the Antimi Black Field located in Columbia's Cosmopolitan Recreation Area.