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Saints swept in exhibition at UM

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The Montana softball team took a break from its Big Sky Conference slate to sweep an exhibition doubleheader from NAIA Carroll College on Wednesday at the Grizzly Softball Field.

The Griz thumped the Fighting Saints 11-0 in the opening game, their fourth shutout of the season, and then battled through a much closer 3-2 nightcap.

In the opener, Montana blew the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, enough to close things out by the fifth. Delene Colburn's three-run home run, her 12th of the season, highlighted the big rally.

Colburn finished with four RBIs to back the stellar pitching of Maddy Stensby and Haley Young. Stensby twirled the first four innings, striking out four and allowing just two hits, while Young came on to pitch a perfect final inning.

Sara Stephenson picked up where Stensby and Young left off in the second game. She struck out 11, a career high, and carried a shutout into the seventh inning. That's where Carroll finally got to the Griz pitcher; Ashley Davis drilled a two-run home run.

Michaela Hood relieved Stephenson and finished the game for her fourth save of the season.

Montana, though, had scored twice in the home half of the sixth. Madison Saacke drove in what ended up as the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly. It was her second RBI of the day.

The Griz managed just five hits off of Kalispell Glacier product Ali Williams, though Bethany Olea's hit was an RBI triple in the sixth.

-- Missoulian

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