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Griz softball wins first Big Sky Championship in program history

Griz softball wins first Big Sky Championship in program history.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Three years in the making and the Montana Grizzlies have done the improbable. A 9-5 win over Weber State in the Big Sky Championship game on Saturday gave the Griz their first conference title in program history.

Head coach Jamie Pinkerton said earlier in the week that he would use freshman ace Michaela Hood as much as he could in the tournament and she didn't disappoint.

Hood pitched 21 1/3 innings this week, throwing 385 pitches, and she only allowed three earned runs en route to being named tournament MVP.

The final game of the tournament was about the Montana offense though. More specifically the fourth inning.

UM used a total of nine hits in the bottom of the fourth to get seven runs across home plate. They would take a 8-2 lead into the fifth inning.

From there, it was just about keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard. Fortunately, that never became too big of an issue as Hood and sophomore pitcher Colleen Driscoll held Weber State to just a few more runs, sealing the 9-5 victory.

Up next for Montana will be its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team will find out its next opponent Sunday night during the selection show on ESPN2.

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