CEDAR CITY, Utah — It’s official: Montana version 4.0 is finally starting to give off the feel of its predecessors.
Trailing 3-2 entering the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon at Southern Utah, the Grizzlies scored twice to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Thunderbirds and finish off a three-game sweep at Kathryn Berg Field.
Montana became the first Big Sky Conference team to go 3-0 against Southern Utah this season while upping its winning streak to four with three weekends of league series remaining.
“It’s something we’ve prided ourselves on the three previous years, being a team that never gives up and always thinks it has a chance,” said coach Melanie Meuchel.
Montana scored three in the top of the seventh in the series opener on Friday to win 4-1 and scored two in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take the second game 5-3.
The Grizzlies did it again on Saturday.
Down a run going into the seventh, Alex Wardlow led off with a walk. Pinch runner McKenzie Phillips was moved to second by Gabby Martinez, who laid down such a well-placed bunt that her sacrifice turned into an infield single, putting two runners on for the top of the order without anyone out.
MaKenna McGill advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice.
Colburn smoked a single up the middle to plate Phillips. Just two pitches later Lyons doubled down the left-field line to score Martinez and give Montana the lead.