Columbia College softball batters Missouri Baptist

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 7:40 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 9, 2012

The Columbia College softball team swept a doubleheader against Missouri Baptist on Monday in American Midwest Conference play in St. Louis. The Cougars won the first game 10-1 and the second 11-1 with both victories coming in five innings.

Junior catcher Tori Gehlert had three hits for Cougars in the first game including two in an eight-run first inning. She singled to leadoff the inning then hit a three-run home run over the left field fence in her second at-bat of the frame. Columbia College finished the game with 15 hits including doubles from Gehlert, Morgan Bounds, Marli Hayes and Karina Veit.

The Cougars' hot hitting continued in the second game including a pinch-hit grand slam by Jessica Hardy in the bottom of the fifth. Columbia College gathered 10 hits with doubles from Bounds and Chelsie Crain.

Pitcher Jordan Crisp (10-8) earned both victories. The senior threw seven innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out one. Maria Imhoff (0-2) relieved Crisp in the third inning of the first game. The freshman gave up five hits and a run while striking out two.  

The Cougars (17-15, 4-4 AMC) play next against Stephens in a doubleheader set for at 2 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Field.

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