Columbia College split a pair of games to stay alive in the American Midwest Conference's postseason tournament Thursday.
The Cougars (29-15) lost its first game of the day to Park University 4-3.
Two of the Cougars' three runs came in the top of the first inning on a throwing error by the Park second baseman. In the bottom of the inning, though, a three-run home run by Park's Emilee Vance pushed the Pirates in front.
The Cougars tied the game in the third inning before the Pirates retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
In the final frame, Columbia failed to score with the bases loaded.
After the loss, the Cougars played Freed-Hardeman University in an elimination game.
Columbia jumped out to a three-run lead after two innings, but Bailey Morgan tied it for Freed-Hardeman in the fourth inning with a three-run home run.
In the next half inning, Marli Hayes pushed Columbia in front for good with a two-run shot to center field.
The Cougars will face Park again at noon Friday in another elimination game. The Pirates lost to William Woods University in their late afternoon game.
All of Friday’s games will be played at Antimi Black Field in Columbia. For the complete tournament bracket and results, visit www.amcsportsonline.com.