Alabama softball bounced from WCWS with shutout loss to Stanford
Alabama softball hit the field Friday evening with its season on the line. To face Stanford in the elimination game, the Crimson Tide turned once again to Montana Fouts in the circle.
Fouts delivered with another gutsy performance in postseason play. She delivered a complete game with just 2 earned runs on 5 hits scattered across 7 innings with 4 strikeouts. That effort was enough to keep Alabama in the mix all game long.
Unfortunately, the offense for Alabama was held in check and silenced by 2 Stanford pitchers. Alana Vawter started for the Cardinal and allowed just 1 hit without issuing a walk over 5.1 innings pitched.
Vawter struck out 5 and was cruising in the 6th inning. Nevertheless, Stanford pulled Vawter for NiJaree Canady to finish the game. After striking out 7 in a loss to Oklahoma on Thursday, Canady stepped in and delivered 3 strikeouts without allowing a baserunner over 1.2 innings pitched.
Ashley Prange was the only Alabama batter to reach in the loss with a single. The Crimson Tide end their WCWS appearance with 2 straight losses and were outscored 12-5 in those games.
With the loss, Montana Fouts officially wraps up her career with Alabama softball. While this one did not go as the Tide were hoping, Fouts leaves with one final gritty performance to cap an illustrious career.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) June 3, 2023