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Griz baseball fighting for playoff spot

By Vince Bagby, Sports Director, vbagby@keci.com
Published On: Apr 25 2014 08:37:50 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Griz club baseball team will be back in action this weekend for a home three-game conference series against the University of Idaho.

The Griz have won their last four conference games in a row and are hoping their momentum can lead to a sweep over the Vandals.  Last weekend in Missoula, Montana swept through rival Montana State by a total score of 47-13.

Right now the Grizzlies are second in the Northern Pacific Conference standings behind Eastern Washington; that puts Montana in the driver’s season to earn a wild card berth of the regional tournament which takes place May 9th through the 11th at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in Missoula.

“That wild card could come out of our division, it could come out of the south, it's hard to say,” said head coach Ryan Sharkey.  “We're hoping to take care of business on our own."

“I mean we're in a position where we're do or die,” explained Griz catcher Emmitt Stangel.  “It's nice being home.  That's a huge factor in making other teams come to us and play on our home turf.  It's vital in what we have to do to get to regionals, which is here this year so we definitely don't want to be grooming a field for other people."

The Griz will open up their series with Idaho with an 8:00 game Saturday night, April 26, at Ogren Park.  The series will wrap up with a double-header starting at 11:00 on Sunday.  Montana will wrap up their season with three games in Bozeman against MSU on the weekend of May 3rd.