Montana Fouts Dominates in Alabama Softball's Shutout of Penn State

Allie Wright

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama softball team grabbed its second win of the day Friday with a 5-0 shutout of Penn State at the Easton Bama Bash.

After starting off the season 0-2, sophomore right-hand pitcher Montana Fouts dominated the mound, allowing only two hits and striking out 10 batters. Fouts pitched all seven innings, throwing 111 pitches.

The win is Fouts' first of the 2020 season.

“I thought everybody had really good at-bats in the first game,” said Crimson Tide coach Patrick Murphy. “In the second game, when you face four different pitchers it’s almost like playing in the MLB All-Star Game where there’s a different pitcher every inning. You can’t make an adjustment because it’s lefty, righty, lefty then righty.

"I was really pleased with Jenna Johnson getting down the squeeze bunt. Alexis Mack was great as the leadoff, getting hits and turning the lineup over. She did a great job.”

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the second when graduate-student outfielder Alexis Mack and freshman outfielder Jenna Johnson nailed back to back RBIs, putting Alabama ahead 2-0.

Junior infielder Maddie Morgan came out with an RBI double that brought junior outfielder KB Sides home, increasing Alabama’s lead to three with two out.

Fouts threw back-to-back strikeouts that pushed Alabama to the bottom of the fourth.

The action picked back up during the bottom of the sixth after freshman catcher Abby Doerr heads home off a run from senior infielder Taylor Clark. Sophomore infielder Skylar Wallace followed with a double right down the third base line which drove in a run.

Fouts threw her tenth strikeout of the day in the bottom of the seventh, closing the game with a 5-0 victory in favor of the Crimson Tide.

For Penn State, sophomore pitcher Bailey Parshall (2-2) was credited with the loss. Parshall threw a total of 35 pitches over two innings, which included two runs and four hits.

Earlier on Friday, the Crimson Tide defeated Wichita State 13-2 in Game 1 of a double-header.

Alabama continues to play in the Easton Bama Bash on Saturday as it faces Louisville at 1:30 p.m. CT and Penn State at 4 p.m. CT. 

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