Friday, April 18, 2014 | 8:16 p.m. CDT
The Columbia College softball team lost both games of its doubleheader to American Midwest Conference Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars were shut out by the Lions in the first game, 1-0, and lost the second game by a score of 2-1. The losses drop Columbia College's overall record to 26-13 and 18-4 in the conference.
Both team's pitchers posted strong outings in the first game. The Cougars' Paxton Welch and the Lions' Sarah Cousar shut out their opposing offenses through the first four innings.
Freed-Hardeman scored Game 1's only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a leadoff double by sophomore Jessica Weeks and an RBI single by freshman infielder Amanda Bond. Welch took the loss in the pitching circle for the Cougars despite allowing just one run on five hits in six innings.
Game 2 also featured strong pitching performances by both teams. Neither team was able to score through the first three innings. Freed-Hardeman scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning against Columbia College senior pitcher Taylor Richter. Columbia College junior Brittiany Tjarks hit a sacrifice fly to bring in senior infielder Marli Hayes for the Cougars' only run of the game.
Columbia College finishes its regular season with a nonconference doubleheader at NCAA Division II Lindenwood University on Monday. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. in St. Charles.