Montana Fouts, knee brace and all, got here in for 5-seed Alabama to shut the door on 12-seed Northwestern on Saturday evening in Recreation 2 of the Tuscaloosa Tremendous Regional in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s 2-1 victory evened the best-of-three sequence at one sport apiece, forcing a decisive Recreation 3 for Sunday afternoon on the identical discipline.
Fouts pitched the ultimate 2.2 innings, retiring all eight batters she confronted whereas placing out three. That included the ultimate batter, arguably Northwestern’s greatest hitter in Jordyn Rudd, who tried to examine her swing on Fouts’ last pitch however failed to take action.
Rudd was 2-for-2 on the evening and had pushed in Northwestern’s solely run when she stepped to the plate within the seventh.
Ashley Prange led the Alabama offense, going 2-for-4 and driving within the game-winning run to interrupt up a 1-1 tie within the prime of the seventh inning.
Jaala Torrence began within the circle for Alabama, as Fouts continues to recuperate utterly from a knee damage suffered throughout a latest SEC Softball Event sport. Torrence pitched the primary 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and one run whereas strolling two and placing out 4.
The groups will play the deciding Recreation 3 Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, with the winner incomes a spot on the Girls’s School World Collection and the loser going house for the season. Will probably be televised by ESPN and ESPN+.
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