COLUMBIA — The Columbia College softball team advanced to the championship series of the American Midwest Conference tournament with a doubleheader sweep of William Woods on Tuesday at the Cougars softball field. Columbia College, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA, defeated the Owls 1-0 in 10 innings in Game 1 and 3-0 in Game 2.
Valerie Teter (26-6) had a stellar day on the mound for the Cougars (34-17). After being recognized before the game for breaking the single-season strikeout record, Teter set another record with 21 strikeouts in 10 innings to earn the Columbia College single-game strikeout record. Teter allowed just three hits and one walk.
Kensie Cavanah led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk and advanced to second on a Chelsie Crain sacrifice. Senior Tori Long doubled to center field to score Cavanah and give the Cougars the victory.
Teter (27-6) took her second victory of the day in the second game, fanning 10 batters and giving up two hits and two walks. Tori Long hit a two-RBI single in the second inning, while Teter had two hits and one RBI. Chelsie Crain had one hit, two walks and a run scored.
For the day, Teter faced 62 batters, struck out half of them and allowed only five hits. Today’s 31 strikeouts brings Valerie’s season total to 347.
The Cougars host the best-of-three AMC championship series against McKendree starting at 2 p.m. Friday. The Bearcats swept Williams Baptist (Ark.) 4-3 and 1-0.