Montana Fouts celebrated her twenty first birthday to perfection Friday night time.
The Alabama pitcher threw simply the fifth good sport in Ladies’s Faculty World Sequence historical past, blanking UCLA 6-0. It was additionally the primary perfecto within the Sequence in . . . 21 years.
The twenty first out was tense for a second — UCLA’s Aaliyah Jordan hit a line drive to the warning observe in left area that Alabama’s Alexis Mack hauled in.
This was Fouts’ second win in as many nights within the Sequence. She tossed a two-hitter Thursday in beating Arizona 5-1.
The Crimson Tide (52-7) at the moment are a win away from enjoying within the best-of-three championship finals. Their subsequent sport will likely be Sunday vs. the winner of Saturday’s elimination sport between Oklahoma State and both Arizona or Florida State.
Who’s Montana Fouts?
Montana Fouts has been probably the greatest softball pitchers within the SEC the previous three years, with a profession 51-12 report and 1.47 ERA.
She has been dominant as a junior after pitching in simply eight video games throughout an abbreviated 2020 season. Fouts has struck out 344 batters in 210 2/3 innings after averaging barely greater than a Okay per inning her first two seasons. She fanned 14 Bruins on Friday and 16 Wildcats on Thursday.
“I used to be telling (my teammates) this morning I simply felt so completely different in comparison with final 12 months, simply the way in which this workforce has lived via adversity. How will you not give all the pieces you’ve got received once they’re standing there?” Fouts advised ESPN’s Holly Rowe in a postgame interview.
Regardless that this was Fouts’ first collegiate no-hitter, she has loads of expertise throwing them; in line with her Alabama bio , she authored 15 good video games and 25 no-nos in highschool. That helps to clarify why she was a three-time Kentucky Gatorade Participant of the 12 months.
This additionally is not her first go-round within the Ladies’s Faculty World Sequence. She shut out Arizona and Oklahoma in elimination video games in 2019 after shedding to the Sooners within the Tide’s first sport. Oklahoma ultimately eradicated Alabama in bracket play.
Fouts will get an opportunity at revenge this 12 months if Alabama and OU meet within the finals.