By: Jaylon T. Brooks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Needing extra innings, The Alabama Crimson Tide came out with a win in their second matchup of a weekend series. After a slow start, the Tide found their rhythm in the ninth inning with a 4-0 run that sealed the victory over the Missouri Tigers.
The Alabama defense had another strong showing after coming off a game where they kept the Missouri scoreless. A big contribution comes from Alabama’s pitcher Montana Fouts as she continued to show her dominance with a total of 13 K, three away from matching her season high. Until the 4th inning, she only allowed a total of two base hits. Both happened to be by Missouri’s Julia Crenshaw.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Montana. She’s one of the most resilient players I’ve seen in a long time. As a pitcher, the whole game revolves around your position and she’s still as gritty as ever,” said Alabama Head Coach, Patrick Murphy.
On offense however, the Tide seemed to struggle. It wasn’t until the top of the ninth inning where senior Ashley Prange hit a homerun to give the Tide a 1-0 lead. Following the home run, the momentum changed for the Alabama offense as Preuitt, White, and Cahalan were also able to score, expanding the lead to 4-0. Similar to game one of the weekend series, Alabama scored their only runs for the ballgame in one frame.
Now headed to game three, Alabama is looking to get its first sweep of an opponent all season. The No. 13 ranked Crimson Tide (26-10, 4-4 SEC) will take on the Missouri Tigers(21-16, 1-10 SEC) at one p.m CT on SEC Network+.