"Whenever you get a runner on third with no outs, you have to get her in," Watson said. "You have to manufacture that run one way or another. It was huge, her coming up with the big hit. She came through clutch for us.
"It's nice with the balance. The top carried the middle and the bottom (of lineup). They just weren't running on all cylinders, but it wasn't so much as what we were doing wrong but what Tomaschik did right in the circle. She pitched a phenomenal game."
Tomaschik also recorded 10 strikeouts and gave up just three hits through the first four innings.
"When she's on, she's pretty tough. She's got a good change-up; she's got a screwball; she throws a curve and stuff like that. She has some heat. Mal's done a good job for us," Southern Columbia coach Al Cihocki said. "I was just glad to see we hung in with them and we had the chance to win the ball game there. Couple hits here or there with people on and we're winning, but they played tough. They're a good team (and) good teams, that's how they beat you."
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead when Erin Yoder hit a double into shallow left field that brought home Blair Johnston, who reached safely on a double to the center field fence to lead off the second inning. Tomaschik then came through with an RBI double down the left-field line to score Kirstin Blass in the top of the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.
Aside from those two spurts, the Tigers failed to sustain offense against Parker. Southern Columbia stranded a runner in each of the first five innings, failing to increase the lead. The Tigers collected six hits in the loss, five of which were doubles.