Cougar Softball Season Ends with a Heartbreaker
WALNUT RIDGE, AR -- The 2012 Cougar softball season came to an end Wednesday night as Columbia gave it their all but fell just short in a 5-4 loss to top seeded Williams Baptist College in the American Midwest Conference tournament semifinals. The Cougars were the fourth seed in the eight-team playoff and wrap up the season with a 27-19 record after pushing the Eagles to a third and deciding game.
Both teams came out of the gate aggressive and the Cougars opened up the scoring in the top of the third. Thee hits in four batters gave Columbia a 3-0 lead. Chelsie Crain and Karina Veit reached on back-to-back singles and Crain scored on a double by Tori Gehlert. A single from Marli Hayes scored Veit and Gehlert. The Eagles responded in the bottom of the inning with a single run off of a hit, an error and a pair of sacrifices.
The scoring was reversed in the fourth inning with Columbia scoring one run off two hits and an error and the Eagles tying up the contest in the bottom of the inning with three runs on four hits. The Cougars had base runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but weren't able to plate anyone. The Eagles scored the game winner in the bottom of the sixth.
In her last outing on the mound, Jordan Crisp (17-9) allowed seven hits and three walks while fanning four.
Crain and Hayes had two hits apiece in the loss.