For the second time this season, Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts threw a perfect game, while the Crimson Tide offense rolled, beating Ole Miss 9-0.
Fouts’ perfect game Friday night was her third solo perfect game of her career and fourth overall. Fouts' other perfect game this season came in March against Longwood. Fouts’ perfect game was the eighth solo perfect game in Alabama program history with Fouts now being the owner of three of the eight.
Friday night Fouts was not only perfect but she was efficient, needing just 67 pitches to dispose of all 18 Ole Miss batters that she faced. Fouts struck out six hitters and relied on her team’s solid defense to put out the other 12. With the perfect game victory, Fouts improved her record to 21-8 with 283 strikeouts over 192.1 innings pitched and lowered her ERA to 1.38 on the season.
Alabama’s offense came out strong from the start, scoring two runs in the first inning and followed up with three more runs in the second. The Alabama offense would put the finishing touches on the perfect night, scoring four more runs with two outs in the sixth, ending the game early by the run-rule.
Alabama’s nine runs Friday night against Ole Miss was the most runs the Tide has scored in SEC play this season. Freshman outfielder Larissa Preuitt led the Crimson Tide offense with a 4-for-4 night with two doubles, two RBIs and a stolen base. Third baseman Ashley Prange also had a big night going 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI.
With this weekend's series against Ole Miss being the last series before postseason play starts, this was just the type of game Alabama needed to finish the season strong and carry the momentum into the postseason.
The second game of the series against Ole Miss will be held Saturday, May 6 at 1 P.M.
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