PARKVILLE, Mo. – Justice Scales had a two-hit game in the opener and Katie Carr was 2-for-3 in game two, but Park University couldn't get by a pair of red-hot pitching performances for second-ranked Columbia College, as the Cougars took both ends of an AMC doubleheader from the Pirates, in Parkville, 6-3 and 4-0.
Paxton Welch had Park shut out through six innings and two outs, but KaitlynNottelmann had to come on to pick up a save in game one after the Cougars' 6-0 lead was cut in half with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Welch got two quick ground-outs from Carr and Shelby Bendure to begin the inning, but singles from Sarah Roth, Hailey Costello and Courtney Seymour loaded the bases for Scales, who uncorked the bases with a double deep to center.
Nottelman came on after Scotlin Hurley's single moved Scales to third, getting Brooke Kunkel to hit a game-ending grounder to short.
The Cougars built their game-one lead with single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth, adding a pair in the sixth that proved to be important insurance. Molly Carter was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game, while her middle-infield counterpart, Olivia Denslow, went 2-for-2, also driving in a run.
Bendure took the game-one loss for Park, a complete game with a strikeout, while Hurley took the loss in game two, also tossing a complete game but falling victim to Lauren McCroskie's complete-game three-hit effort, shutting the Pirates out on just one strikeout.
Columbia posted a first-inning run on Carter's sacrifice fly, bringing in Carly Spaulding, and in the sixth, the Cougars broke the game open with three runs, stringing together three singles, two sacrifice flies and a run-scoring double from Julia Waldner to secure the win, moving the Cougars to 36-5, 21-1 in the AMC, while Park fell to 18-17, 13-9 in league games.
The Pirates are back in action on Senior Day, Friday afternoon, hosting Central Baptist College at 2 p.m.