Shut out and held to just three hits by Boise State on Sunday morning on the final day of the Red Desert Classic at St. George, Utah, the Montana softball team took out its offensive frustrations on Nevada in the afternoon, winning 16-3 behind a 19-hit attack.
The 16 runs were the second-most in program history, trailing only Montana’s 17-6 victory over Illinois State in 2016 in the record book. The Grizzlies’ 19 hits on Sunday rank third.
“It was a little Jekyll and Hyde today,” said coach Melanie Meuchel, whose team opened the day with an 8-0 loss to the Broncos.
Boise State scored five in the first off Montana starter Michaela Hood, opening the game single, single, walk, grand slam to jump out to a 4-0 lead before the game’s first out had been recorded. The Broncos added a solo shot later in the inning.
“They came out and put runs up in a hurry on us, and that put us on our heels,” said Meuchel. “We got quiet and never settled into who we are.”
Montana was limited to three singles, two coming off the bat of MaKenna McGill, who had four multiple-hit games in five outings at St. George.
Nevada was on a seven-game winning streak and had outscored its first four opponents in St. George 45-13.
The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead into the fourth, behind an RBI double by Delene Colburn in the first and an RBI fielder’s choice in the third by Madison Saacke.
Then came the fourth, when Montana sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on eight hits, four walks and an error, and still ended the inning with the bases loaded.
It was the highest-scoring inning in program history, with McGill singling and scoring twice, Tori Lettus scoring twice and four other players each reaching base twice as Nevada used four pitchers in the inning.