COLUMBIA — The Columbia College softball team didn’t need a whole lot of runs in it final home games of the regular season.
A doubleheader sweep of visiting McKendree gave the Cougars a share of the American Midwest Conference regular season title, splitting the honor with Williams Baptist with 12-4 records. Columbia College won the first game 3-2 and the second game 4-0.
In the first game, the Cougars relied on a three-run first inning and junior pitcher Valerie Teter, who struck out 14 batters, including nine of the first 11 batters she faced. Senior infielder Tori Long had a leadoff home run to left-center, and freshmen Rachel Coleman and Tori Gehlert hit back-to-back doubles.
Teter lost a no-hitter in the sixth on a bunt-single, then the shutout in the same inning. The Bearcats scored another run in the seventh, but a fly out ended the rally.
In the second game, Teter didn’t even give McKendree a chance. Teter struck out 10 and gave up just four hits and one walk to earn her 23rd victory of the year. The Cougars scored in the second, third, fifth and seventh to bring their record to 30-15.
Columbia College plays next this weekend at the Oklahoma City University Invitational.