Alabama's quest to repeat as SEC Tournament champions begins today in Gainesville, Fla. The No. 2 Crimson Tide (41-10) will begin the single-elimination tournament by taking on No 7 seed Missouri (34-19). First pitch is set for 30 minutes following the game between No. 3 seed Tennessee's extra-inning win over No. 11 seed Mississippi State.
Alabama will face Missouri for the fourth time in less than a week after taking two out of three games in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.
The winner of Thursday's game will move on to face either Tennessee in the semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
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Final: Missouri 3, Alabama 0
- Alabama goes down in order in the bottom of the seventh. Kat Grill was originally called safe on a ground ball up the middle, but after review, it was determined that she was thrown out at first. Missouri wins, 3-0.
- Missouri goes down in order in the top of the seventh. Alabama will need three runs to avoid elimination.
- Alabama couldn't capitalize on a leadoff single from Ashley Prange and is now three outs from elimination. Missouri leads 3-0 heading to the seventh inning.
- Jenna Laird leads off the sixth inning with a double to right center, and Missouri is in business.
- Alabama elects to walk Kimberly Wert to put runners on first and second with no outs.
- An error by Montana Fouts loads the bases with no outs.
- Missouri lands the first punch as Kendyll Bailey delivers a sacrifice fly to center field. The Tigers have runners on first and third with one out. 1-0, Missouri.
- Kaylee Tow guns down Maddie Snider at home after fielding a sharply-hit ground ball at first for the second out. The play was challenged, but the call was upheld.
- Missouri doubles its lead with an RBI single up the middle from Kara Daly. 2-0, Missouri.
- Second baseman Kali Heivilin drops a routine pop up and Missouri makes it 3-0.
- Alabama finally gets out of the inning but not before the Tigers take a commanding 3-0 lead.
- Kali Heivilin delivered a two-out single for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide couldn't capitalize. It's still 0-0 heading into the sixth inning.
- Missouri broke up Montana's streak at 13 consecutive outs with a two-out single to left from Hatti Moore, but Emma Raabe flied out to left to end the inning.
- Following a leadoff single from Kaylee Tow, Ally Shipman lays down a sacrifice bunt to move her to second base.
- A flyout from Bailey Dowling moves Tow to third base, but Abby Doerr grounded out to first to end the inning. It's still scoreless heading to the fifth.
- Montana Fouts records her third straight 1-2-3 inning. She has now retired the last 11 batters she has faced. Fouts has four strikeouts over four innings and has thrown 58 total pitches.
- Alabama goes down in order. It's still 0-0 heading to the fourth inning.
- Montana Fouts is rolling. She records another 1-2-3 inning and has retired eight straight Missouri batters.
- Abby Doerr singled and stole second base. However, Alabama couldn't drive her in. It's still scoreless heading to the third inning.
- After running into trouble in the top of the first, Montana Fouts settled down with a perfect second inning, striking out the first two batters before getting the third to fly out to right.
- Alabama can't do anything with a leadoff single from Ashley Prange as Ally Shipman grounded out into a double play to end the inning.
- Tennessee put runners on second and third with one out, but Alabama was able to get out of the jam unscathed as shortstop Bailey Dowling gunned down Missouri's Jenna Laird at the plate for fielders choice. From there Montana Fouts got a groundout to end the threat.
Alabama's starting lineup
1. Ashley Prange, 3B
2. Kaylee Tow, 1B
3. Ally Shipman, C
4. Bailey Dowling, SS
Abby Doerr, DP
Jenna Lord, RF
Kat Grill, LF
Kali Heivilin, 2B
Jenna Johnson, CF
Montana Fouts, P
- Tennessee beats Mississippi State 1-0 on a walk-off single from Lair Beautae. If Alabama beats Missouri it will face the Lady Volunteers on Friday at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.
- First pitch between Alabama and Missouri was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. but has since been pushed back as Tennessee and Mississippi State duel it out in extra innings. Now, the Crimson Tide is forced to wait.