The Montana softball roster reached 16 recently and neared completion when coach Jamie Pinkerton added three more players to his roster, including his third Montanan.

Kenzie Cole, of Dayton, Nevada, accepted Pinkerton’s scholarship offer, Bethany Olea, of Yuma, Arizona, signed a letter of intent, and Mercedes Bourgeau, of Great Falls accepted admission to UM.

Cole, who played three seasons at Boise State, will be a senior. Olea played one year at Arizona Western and will be a sophomore, and Bourgeau, a recent graduate of Great Falls High, will be a freshman.

Cole went 9-14 in three seasons at Boise State, making 23 starts with 51 total appearances.

Olea, a utility infielder, is coming off a successful freshman campaign at Arizona Western. She was voted a first-team NJCAA Division I All-American after batting .464 with eight home runs and 63 RBIs as the leadoff hitter for the Lady Matadors, who went 49-9 in the spring.

Bourgeau will be the program’s third Montanan. She primarily will be an outfielder, but she also has pitching experience and could see time at that position later in her career. She helped Great Falls High to the 2013 State AA state championship and was voted a Class AA all-state outfielder as a senior.

Montana is scheduled to hold its first practice of the fall season on Sept. 2. Tryouts for incoming freshmen will also be held that week. For more information, interested players should contact Pinkerton (james.pinkerton@mso.umt.edu) prior to the first day of classes Aug. 25.

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