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Mohl drives in 6, Griz achieves 1st league victory


MISSOULA – Montana needed someone to step up after dropping the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Portland State at Grizzly Softball Field and got it from both Grace Haegele and Kynzie Mohl.

While Haegele limited the Vikings to four hits over five innings in the circle, Mohl provided the power, hitting a three-run home run in Montana’s third of five runs and a bases-loaded triple in the Grizzlies’ fourth of four runs.

The five-inning run-rule victory gave the Grizzlies (17-27, 1-10 BSC) their first Big Sky Conference win of the season

After the Vikings won the opener 9-3, forcing three Griz pitchers to throw 171 pitches in seven innings, Haegele kept Portland State in check as Montana won Game 2 by a score of 9-1.

Mohl joins elite company with her six RBIs, the most for a Montana hitter since 2017. Lexie Brenneis set the program record of seven against North Dakota in 2015. Delene Colburn drove in two sixes in 2017, and Sydney Stites did so one season.

That’s the list.

“People in front of Kynzie gave her a chance, then she stepped up and answered twice,” coach Melanie Meuchel said of Mohl, who was playing in only her 11th game. “It gave us so much belief and confidence in what we did.”

The Vikings (17-20, 6-4 BSC) scored three runs in the top of the first inning in Game 1 and never trailed as Montana’s pitchers threw 171 pitches.

Haegele set the tone from the start in Game 2, reaching the top of the first on 14 pitches.

After the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the third, Riley Peschek tied the score in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single to center. One batter later, Hannah Jablonski gave Montana its first lead of the day, 2-1, with an RBI double to right.

Two batters later, Mohl made it 5-1 with a three-run home run, her third of the season and fifth of her career. Her doubter to the left was a pressure release.

“It really pushed us and allowed us to have fun and still get the job done,” Mohl said.

Montana blew the game open in the fourth. Mohl came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded, and immediately fell into an 0-2 hole.UM

“My problem is that when I’m in the count I tend to be tense, so I kept telling myself to stay loose and stay calm,” she said. Mohl hit a deep ball to the left-center fence that Portland State couldn’t track down.

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