Columbia College softball inches toward top of AMC with wins on Senior Day

Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 8:16 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 6, 2014

COLUMBIA — Columbia College celebrated its six seniors before sweeping Harris-Stowe State University in a doubleheader at Battle High School on Sunday afternoon.

Family and friends of Kristin Eiken, Marli Hayes, Jamie Holmes, Whitni Howell, Taylor Richter and Hanna Taylor huddled behind the Cougars dugout. One by one, they escorted their daughters to home plate to collect flowers, a poster signed by teammates and a gift basket.

And then, with eye-black smudged by tears, the Cougars set their sentiments aside to take care of the Hornets 12-0 in Game 1 and 9-0 in Game 2.

Columbia College moves to 17-10 overall and 9-1 in American Midwest Conference play. Harris-Stowe remains winless.

The Cougars combined for 14 hits in the first game. Leading the team in hits was outfielder Brittiany Tjarks, who went 3-3 with two runs scored. Freshman pitcher Lauren McCroskie was credited with the win.

The second game was much of the same. Columbia scored its nine runs on 10 hits, while Cougars pitcher Paxton Welch held the Hornets scoreless and allowed only three hits.

Columbia now sports a six-game winning streak and is inching closer to the top of the AMC. Before Sunday's games, the Cougars were in third place behind Freed-Hardeman and William Woods. All three teams have one loss in conference play.

The Cougars next play 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stephens College.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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