Tough time for Columbia College softball team at Oklahoma City Tournament

Saturday, April 16, 2011 | 7:47 p.m. CDT

The Columbia College softball team went 1-2 over the weekend at the Oklahoma City Tournament. 

The Cougars (23-14), ranked No. 24 in the NAIA, lost their first game Saturday against No. 5 ranked Central Baptist 9-6, but won their second game 8-1 against No. 8 ranked Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City beat Columbia College 5-0 on Friday. 

In their opening game Saturday, the Cougars scored first off of a solo home run in the top of the third inning by freshman Marli Hayes, but Central Baptist hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, Columbia College took the lead again after a Chelsie Crain three-run home run to put the Cougars ahead 4-2. But the Mustangs (43-2) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth for the victory.

Senior Kacey Rehagen (6-6) took the loss, giving up 10 hits and striking out three.

The Cougars started Saturday's second game against Oklahoma City (29-8) with a four-run first inning featuring Kristin Eiken's three-run home run.

Freshman Taylor Richter (1-1) earned her first collegiate victory, allowing four hits, four walks and striking out three. Richter only allowed one run during the game, which came off a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.

The Cougars are set to play Hannibal-LeGrange (20-24) in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Cougar Softball Field. 



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