by: Alex Chasen
COLUMBIA, Mo. – After losing two out of three games against (#3) Tennessee in last weekend’s series, the (24-10, 2-4 SEC) Crimson Tide roll into this weekend facing off against the (21-14, 1-8 SEC) Missouri Tigers on the back half of their SEC six-game road trip.
A stormy afternoon pushed the first pitch back 30 minutes and brought upon an extremely windy evening that ultimately went in Alabama’s favor.
Strong performances in the circle brought challenges for both Alabama and Missouri hitters through the first three innings of this game.
Alabama started to rattle Missouri starting pitcher Jordan Weber in the top of the fourth inning which aided in the Tide getting the bases loaded. Freshman Outfielder Larissa Preuitt, with assistance from the wind, hit her first home run of her college career, the grand slam gave the Tide a 4-0 lead which ultimately became their only runs scored all evening.
Alabama ace Montana Fouts pitched all seven innings earning herself 12 strikeouts and zero earned runs, giving up only two hits. Her zero-earned run evening made it career shutout number 29 while improving her season record to 12-6.
In Alabama’s first game back in Missouri since 2017, the Tide get a statement win against an SEC rival to open up the weekend series.
Alabama improves their record to (25-10, 3-4 SEC) while Missouri falls to (21-15, 1-9 SEC).
The Tide are back in the Mizzou Softball Stadium Saturday evening as they look to take a 2-0 series lead and get their SEC record back to .500 (4-4). The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.