Columbia College entered the Gulf Coast Invitational softball tournament looking to improve upon early season successes and a No. 20 NAIA ranking.
The Cougars had an up and down tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala., this weekend, finishing in third place with a 3-3 record. The pitching of ace Valerie Teter highlighted the tournament.
On Friday, Columbia College started off the tournament with a 2-1 loss against No. 3 William Carey University. The Cougars scored their only run on three walks and a hit batter. Although she gave up two hits and struck out 13 batters, Teter took the loss.
In the second game Friday against Montreat College, the Cougars came back from an early deficit to win the game 4-3. The winning run came in the sixth inning on Tori Gehlert's RBI single.
Saturday saw two solid pitching performances from Teter, who started the day with a no-hitter in the Cougars' 8-0 win in five innings against Freed-Hardeman University.
After a 6-3 loss to Campbellsville, the Cougars moved on to bracket play where they dominated No. 7 ranked Lee University 10-0 behind Teter's one hit, 13 strike out performance.
The Cougars (7-4) ended the tournament Sunday with a 1-0 extra inning loss to Lindsey Wilson University. Teter tossed seven no-hit innings again for the Cougars, but she gave up the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.