Columbia College softball wins all four at McKendree Invitational

Saturday, March 19, 2011 | 6:45 p.m. CDT

The Columbia College softball team added two more victories on Saturday at the McKendree Invitational in O’Fallon, Ill.

The Cougars beat Benedictine University 9-5 and Aquinas College 1-0 on the final day of the invitational. The Cougars went 4-0 over the weekend with three games being decided by one run.

In the first game of the day, the Cougars (11-4) exploded for nine runs against Benedictine (3-8). After falling behind 2-1 after the first inning, freshman Whitni Howell got the Cougar offense going in the third inning with a two-out, bases-loaded double, scoring three runs.

The Cougars would never relinquish the lead.

Senior Kacey Rehagen (4-1) got the win after pitching seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven.

In the second game, senior co-captain Valerie Teter (7-3) led the Cougars to victory against Aquinas (11-4), pitching a two-hitter through seven innings while striking out 11.

"She was amazing," head coach Wendy Spratt said. "But she expects these types of performances from herself."

Teter also hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, the only run of the game. It was Teter’s fourth home run of the season, putting her among the home run leaders in the American Midwest Conference. 

"After she hit it over the fence we knew we just had to hold them for three outs," Spratt said.

Spratt said freshman Marli Hayes and sophomore Chelsie Crain were both big contributors on offense for the Cougars. 

Columbia College will host its first two home games of the season against Missouri Baptist University (12-5) on Monday. The Cougars will play a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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