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The Montana Griz softball team won both games in its doubleheader against Carroll College (12-24) on Thursday, winning 10-0 in the first game and 12-0 in the second.

Montana (11-28) will face Southern Utah on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Southern Utah and Montana are tied for fifth place in the Big Sky Conference, both having a 5-7 conference record.

“The focus this week was to hit the ball well with runners in scoring position and play clean defense,” head coach Jamie Pinkerton. “We also had good pitching, and got two good team-wins that will give us confidence going into this weekend.”

Game 1: Montana 10, Carroll College 0

It didn't take long for the Griz to take control of the game against the Saints, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

MaKenna McGill lead off with a double to left field, and Lexie Brenneis walked. Delene Colburn then hit a three-run home run over the left field fence.

Montana then added four more runs in the bottom of the second inning, with the highlight of the inning being a three-RBI double by Brenneis.

After two innings, Montana was up 7-0 and Meggie Reitz was completely dominating the Saints. Reitz had a no-hitter going until the fifth inning, when Carroll College got its only hit of the game.

Reitz (3-4) finished the game with six strikeouts and one walk.

The Griz would add three more runs to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, with a three-run double by Mercedes Bourgeau.

Megan Gipe pitched in the loss for the Saints, allowing ten earned runs in four innings pitched. She finished the game with one strikeout.

Game 2: Montana 12, Carroll College 0

If the first inning in the first game was bad, the one in the second game was even worse for the Saints. Montana scored six runs, on four hits, and took a 6-0 lead.

Five Grizzlies had RBI's in the inning: Bethany Olea, Ashlyn Lyons, Dani Walker, Gabby Martinez and McGill.

Montana would add two more runs in the bottom of the second inning with a two-RBI double down the right-field line by Lyons, and two more runs in the third inning with a sacrifice fly by Walker and a solo-home run by Tori Lettus.

Carli Riordan earned the win for Montana, allowing four hits in five innings pitched. Riordan (3-11) finished the game with five strikeouts and one walk.

MacKenna Landis was credited with the loss for the Saints, allowing nine earned runs in four innings pitched.

“We wanted to come out and play good ball. Our offense is clicking a bit, and we are just going to come out tomorrow and have a light workout, and prepare for Southern Utah.”

Story contributed by UM Sports information.

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