COLUMBIA — The Columbia College softball team swept McKendree 3-0, 2-0 on Friday in Columbia to earn the championship of the the American Midwest Conference tournament.
In Game 1, the Cougars, No. 25 in the NAIA at 36-17, scored all their runs in the sixth inning off doubles from Jena Strobel and Rachel Coleman and a triple from Samantha Stringer.
The sixth inning was also good to the Cougars in Game 2. Tori Long started a two-out rally with a double. Then after Stringer singled and pitcher Valerie Teter loaded the bases with a walk, Coleman smacked a two-run single up the middle.
Teter (29-6) threw her third and fourth straight shutouts, striking out 13 batters in the first game and 14 in the second. Teter was named AMC Pitcher of the Year after the game when the AMC All-Conference team was announced.
Krista Vlasak and Coleman earned first team all-conference honors, while Stringer and Long had honorable mentions.
Coleman, Strobel, Ashley Brawner, Kensie Cavanah, Ashley Farmer, Tori Gehlert and Kacey Rehagen earned academic all-conference recognition.
The Cougars earn an automatic bid into the 32-team NAIA National Tournament on May 20 to 26 in Decatur, Ala.