MISSOULA, Mont. -

Monday afternoon saw yet another milestone for the Montana Grizzly softball program as the first ever open tryouts started inside Washington Grizzly Stadium.  It was day number one of an open tryout session for currently enrolled University of Montana students hoping to walk-on to the Griz team.

Griz head coach Jamie Pinkerton is holding the tryouts during the afternoon for the next two weeks to see if any current UM students have what it takes to be a part of the first ever Montana softball team which will hit the diamond next season to compete in the Big Sky Conference.

Pinkerton held annual tryouts in his days as the head coach of both Tulsa and Arkansas; he says there's always a chance of finding a player that can help out the team.

"It's a lot of fun to do this because in the past I have had a player come in and walk on.  I didn't even know who she was, she was on my campus.  And she ended up starting in left field for me for three years,” said Pinkerton.  “So there's always the possibility.  At the end of the day, we want to put the best nine out there that's going to go out and win ball games for the University of Montana."