Cougar Softball Wins Two at Gulf Shores Invitational
GULF SHORES, AL -- The Columbia Cougar softball team picked up two wins Saturday at the Gulf Shore Invitational, defeating Cumberland (Tenn.) University 4-0 in game one, followed by a 6-2 victory over the preseason No. 10 ranked University of Houston-Victoria (Texas). Columbia improves to 5-3 on the season with the two wins.
Game one featured a pitcher's duel early as the two squads combined for just three hits through the first five innings of play. The Cougars finally broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the sixth following a throwing error by the Bulldogs. Jamie Holmes added a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to give Columbia a 4-0 lead. Cougars starting pitcher Taylor Richter worked around a throwing error in the bottom of the frame to finish off the complete game shutout.
Holmes paced the Columbia offense with two hits and two RBI in the win. Richter picked up her third win of the season as she gave up just two hits on the day, while striking out three.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Marli Hayes plated Kristin Eiken with a one-out triple to center field and would later score on a two-out single by Maria Imhoff. Columbia would add a run in fifth on an RBI single by Taylor Atwood, but the Jaguars cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning. The Cougars were able to respond with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Freshman Amber Boehme earned her first career win in the circle for Columbia, allowing two runs on nine hits to go along with five strikeouts. Hayes finished with two hits and two RBI to lead the Cougars. Eiken, Atwood, and Imhoff each knocked in a run for Columbia as well.
The Cougars will wrap up play in the Gulf Shores Invitational Sunday when they enter bracket play. Columbia faces Louisiana State University-Alexandria at 9 a.m. Should the Cougars win, they would play the winner of St. Thomas and William Carey.