By this point, Fouts is used to it.
She tossed 25 no-hitters and 15 perfect games in high school.
This one was special, however. It happened on college softball‘s biggest stage and her 21st birthday.
Montana Fouts Throws Perfect Game vs. UCLA
Alabama took care off Arizona 5-1 in the opening round of the WCWS. It was Fouts’ turn to take the circle in the second round.
The junior pitcher is familiar with big moments. She clinched the SEC Tournament title by throwing a complete game shutout against Florida. She struck out 11 in the first game of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional against Kentucky.
The Tide faced their toughest test yet in the second-seeded UCLA Bruins.
As if that were a big deal to Fouts.
She took care of each batter one-by-one, including Tom Brady’s superstar niece Maya Brady.
The 2021 SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year recorded a K in 14 of the 21 outs. Two out of every three Bruins went down on strikes. Sheesh.
During one stretch, she struck out seven in a row. UCLA didn’t hit it out of the infield until the fifth inning.
Of the seven outs that weren’t strikeouts, the scariest was probably the first of the game.
UCLA centerfielder Bubba Nickles hit a hard grounder toward first. Bama first baseman Kaylee Tow snared it to set the perfect game in motion.
Alabama won 6-0 to keep their national championship hopes alive.
Fouts spoke on her accomplishment after the game:
“I honestly wasn’t really thinking about it. I don’t think you can think like that as a pitcher, as a player or even in the stands really, because I feel like I’m a superstitious person, but I don’t know, I was just locked in each pitch because I know that one swing away they have momentum, they’re a great hitting team, great pitching staff, we respect them so much. So I think — Murph says all the time — respect your opponents. And tonight for me I think that that just meant locking in pitch by pitch, just because I know the game could get away in a heartbeat.”Advertisement
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