Montana Fouts, knee brace and all, got here in for 5-seed Alabama to shut the door on 12-seed Northwestern on Saturday night time 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 subject.
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 finest hitter in Jordyn Rudd, who tried to verify her swing on Fouts’ ultimate pitch however failed to take action.
Rudd was 2-for-2 on the night time 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 harm suffered throughout a current SEC Softball Event recreation. 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 Ladies’s School World Collection and the loser going house for the season. It is going to be televised by ESPN and ESPN+.
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