TUSCALOOSA, Ala – Alabama softball took advantage of bad pitching for a 2-0 win against No. 13 LSU on Sunday.
The rubber match was the final home game and series for the Crimson Tide of the 2023 season.
Montana Fouts pitched all seven innings for the Tide, recording nine stikeouts and allowing just two hits. Fouts allowed zero runs, bringing her ERA for the season down to 1.48.
“I went into today with the mindset thinking about the postseason, where if you win the first one, and lose the second one, then you have to win the third one,” Fouts said.
LSU starting pitcher Ali Kilponen got off to a bad start, allowing a solo Ashley Prange home run in the first inning. After a second inning in which she narrowly avoided giving up more runs, Prange allowed Jenna Johnson and Larissa Preuitt to get on base in the third.
A Prange ground out would allow Preuitt to make it to home plate and make it a 2-0 game for Alabama. Preuitt’s run would be final one scored in the game.
Prange provided the majority of the Alabama offense, with only two other players having recorded hits.
After that, LSU made a switch at pitcher, with Syndy Berzon coming in for the rest of the game for the Tigers.
Kilponen would end her game with 31 pitches, two earned runs and two strikeouts with 2.1 innings pitched. Her replacement, Berzon, went for 46 pitches, zero earned runs, and one hit with 3.2 innings pitched.
Alabama heads to Ole Miss next weekend to wrap up their season against the Rebels. The series begins May 5, with Friday’s first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CST. The Rebels have a 7-14 record in the SEC but are 14-9 at home.
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