Cougars Collect Commanding Victories
HANNIBAL, MO -- The Columbia Cougar softball team exploded for 18 runs in two games Monday to take two victories from American Midwest Conference (AMC) foe Hannibal-LaGrange University. Columbia defeated the Trojans 9-0 in five innings and 9-1 in six innings to improve to 13-13 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Jordan Crisp's (7-7) no-hitter in game one helped the Cougars to victory. The senior fanned nine batters and gave up zero walks. Crisp had help from the Cougar offense, posting 12 hits in their 25 at-bats. Columbia scored two runs in the top of the first, one in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth to run-rule the home team.
The second game was almost a duplicate of game one, with Columbia knocking 12 hits, including a Marli Hayes solo homer to lead off the sixth and give the Cougars the early inning win. Taylor Richter (6-4) took the win on the mound, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five.
On the day, Hayes led the Cougars with five hits in six at-bats with five runs scored, five RBIs, a triple and two homeruns. Tori Gehlert was four-for-seven with three runs and four RBIs.
The Cougars are back in action Tuesday when they travel to St. Charles, Missouri to face Lindenwood University. The doubleheader is slated to start at 2 p.m.