Montana Fouts powers Alabama softball to SEC Championship victory
Make more room in the trophy case, another piece of hardware has landed in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama used a big first inning with three runs, and then coasted to a 4-0 victory over Florida to win the SEC championship in softball. The Crimson Tide was again led by Montana Fouts who broke the SEC Tournament strikeout record in three games with her 38th in the sixth inning. She followed the record-breaker up with her 11th strikeout of the game. LSU’s Britni Sneed held the record previously from 2002.
It was the second consecutive Alabama-Florida SEC softball championship game. The schools met to end the most recent tournament in 2019, a 2-1 win by the Gators.
It was Alabama’s 13th consecutive win to improve to 45-7 on the season. It is Alabama’s sixth SEC title.
Florida arrived in the championship game following a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Missouri, which was the 12th comeback victory of the season for Florida. Alabama reached the title game thanks to Bailey Hemphill’s two-run home run to center field to lead the Crimson Tide to a 6-5 win over Tennessee.
Florida played for an unprecedented third championship in a row. The Tide last won the conference tournament nine years ago when it beat Florida, 10-1, in Tuscaloosa.
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