COLUMBIA — The Columbia College softball team beat Williams Baptist College twice Friday to begin American Midwest Conference play.
The Cougars (7-6) beat the defending conference champion Eagles (7-9) by mercy rule in the first game and extra innings in the second.
Columbia College took a 5-1 lead in the second game and carried that lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, the Eagles earned four runs against Cougars reliever Amber Boehme to even the score.
Sophomore Tiffany Urwiler was able to get Columbia out of a bases-loaded jam to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Cougar bats caught fire.
Columbia plated 11 runs to secure a 16-5 extra-inning win.
Lauren McCroskie pitched all six innings of the opening 9-1 win. Columbia out-hit Williams Baptist 15-5, as five Cougars contributed multiple hits.
The Cougars will play at home again Saturday in a doubleheader against the Scots from Lyon College (5-6).
The conference foes will meet on Antimi Black Field in Columbia. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.