by: Alex Chasen
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a 4-3 victory in game one, the Tide’s Alex Salter threw her fourth career shutout in their 6-0 victory in game two, followed by finishing the task at hand achieving their first SEC series sweep of the season in a 1-0 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Through all seven innings, there was a pitcher’s duel in the circle between Alabama ace Montana Fouts and State pitcher Aspen Wesley.
Fouts didn’t have her usual double-digit strikeout performance with just five strikeouts in the circle but it was the defense behind her that shut down the Bulldogs making key plays in the field, stranding runners on base throughout the entire game.
The one and only run came in the top of the third inning when Alabama catcher Ally Shipman knocked one out to center field for an RBI single that allowed Kristen White to cross the plate.
The win today has Fouts improve her season record to 17-6 and adds career win 92 which has her closing in on (2003 to 2006) Stephanie VanBrakle who is next on the Tide career win list in fourth place with 97.
Alabama improves their record to (32-12, 9-6 SEC) while the Bulldogs SEC struggles continue as they lose their 11th straight conference game and fall to (23-19, 3-11 SEC) on the season.
The Crimson Tide head to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia for a doubleheader against the (28-15, 12-3 ASUN Conference) Liberty Flames followed by facing off against the (35-5, 11-2 Sun Belt Conference) Marshall Thundering Hurd Tuesday afternoon. After the Tide’s mid-week battles they return home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for their final six home games of the regular season, starting with next weekends series verse in-state rival, the Auburn Tigers.