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 collection at one recreation 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 putting out three. That included the ultimate batter, arguably Northwestern’s greatest hitter in Jordyn Rudd, who tried to examine her swing on Fouts’ remaining 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 high of the seventh inning.
Jaala Torrence began within the circle for Alabama, as Fouts continues to recuperate fully from a knee harm suffered throughout a latest SEC Softball Event recreation. Torrence pitched the primary 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and one run whereas strolling two and putting out 4.
The groups will play the deciding Recreation 3 Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, with the winner incomes a spot on the Ladies’s Faculty World Sequence and the loser going house for the season. It is going to be televised by ESPN and ESPN+.
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