COLUMBIA — Two of the American Midwest Conference's top softball teams clashed on Wednesday. Each walking away with a victory apiece.
The Columbia College and Missouri Baptist University softball teams split their doubleheader. Columbia took Game 1 by a score of 7-6 in walk-off fashion but was unable to complete the sweep. The Spartans returned the favor with a 7-6 walk-off victory in Game 2. The Cougars move to 18-11 overall and 10-2 in the AMC.
Columbia catcher Taylor Atwood delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 6. The Cougars had the bases loaded with one out before pitcher Paxton Welch grounded into a fielder's choice. Brittiany Tjarks struck out, but Missouri Baptist dropped the third strike and allowed Kristin Eiken to cross home plate for the winning run.
Welch earned the win after throwing two scoreless innings for Columbia in relief.
Columbia's offensive success carried over into Game 2.
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but it was short-lived. The Spartans scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning against Cougars starting pitcher Taylor Richter. Columbia tied the game with three runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth inning.
Missouri Baptist's Andrea Chessor came through with the walk-off single to center field with two outs, giving the Spartans a 7-6 win.
The Cougars will travel to AMC opponent Hannibal-LaGrange University on Friday afternoon. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. in Hannibal.