In four softball games over the the last two games between Carroll College and the University of Great Falls, the two teams showed that this rivalry has matured. The teams split the weekend, each scoring 14 runs, and all four games were won by a single run.
Saturday, the Saints got the most important of the two games, as the first three games of the four-game series were recorded as conference games. The Saints picked up the first game of the day, winning 2-1 to earn the Cascade Conference series win before falling in the nightcap 7-6.
Carroll scored both runs in the first game in the first inning. Megan Gipe recorded a sac-fly to score Tianna Sell and put Carroll up 1-0. Anna ApRoberts again came up huge for the Saints with a two-out single to right field to score Allison Bayer.
UGF answered with a run in the second inning but despite recording six hits, the Argos would leave eight runners on base and Carroll took the win.
The Saints looked like they would keep the momentum going in the second game, opening with two runs on a double from Allison Williams that scored Megan McCormick and Hannah Alcorn in the first.
UGF answered with back-to-back home runs in the first inning to build a 4-2 lead. It added two more in the second and another run in the fourth to go up 7-2.
Brooke Yarnell got a solo home run to cut the deficit to 7-3 before Ashley Davis got a three-run homer, scoring Williams and Courtney Cloud, to cut it to 7-6 in the top of the seventh.
TJ Rucker was the tying run at the plate but struck out, giving the Argos the win.
The Saints are no 3-4 on the year while UGF is 8-2. The Saints are next scheduled to host the University of British Columbia at Centennial Park in Helena. The doubleheaders are scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.