The Columbia College softball team split their season opener Wednesday against visiting Culver-Stockton. The Cougars won the first game 3-1 and lost the second game 5-2.
In the first game, the Cougars' Jena Strobel hit an RBI double in the second inning. The Wildcats tied it up with a solo home run in the fourth, but the Cougars were quick to take the lead back with a run on another double by Strobel. Pitcher Valerie Teter (1-0) hit a solo home run in the fifth. Teter gave two hits, stuck out 12 and walked two.
In the second game, the Cougars took an early lead when Tori Long led off with a single and scored on a passed ball in the first inning and Kacey Rehagen hit a solo home run in the second. But the Wildcats came back, scoring five runs in the fourth inning on five hits and two walks.
The Cougars next game will be Friday in Wichita, Kan. in the Friends University Falcon Softball Tournament. They will start off the tournament at 9 a.m. against Avalia (Mo.) University, play at 1 p.m. game against William Jewel (Mo.) College and finish with a 7 p.m. game against Oklahoma Christian University.