Columbia College softball opens AMC play with sweep at William Woods

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 8:59 p.m. CDT; updated 9:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Columbia College softball team swept a doubleheader Tuesday at William Woods in Fulton, coming from behind in both games to beat William Woods 4-2 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.

The Cougars improved to 7-10 overall with the victories in their American Midwest Conference opener, snapping a six-game losing streak suffered last week on a road trip through California.

In the first game, Chelsie Crain connected for a two-run home run to left field to put Columbia College in front 2-1 in the sixth inning. The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Marli Hayes and a sacrifice fly from Taylor Atwood.

William Woods scored a run in the bottom of the frame and put runners on first and third with one out, but starting pitcher Taylor Richter got the next batter to line into a double play to preserve the victory. Richter picked up her fourth win of the year, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits. She struck out four batters and walked four.

In the second game, Columbia College tied it in the fifth on a single by Crain that scored Maria Imhoff, who reached on a walk. William Woods answered with three straight hits in the sixth to regain a 2-1 lead. However, the Cougars put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and took advantage of an error by the Owls to pull in front for good.

Cougars starter Amber Boehme earned her second win of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings.

Columbia College is set to host Lindenwood in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Antimi Black Field.

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