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Montana Fouts Shatters SEC Tournament Strikeout Record
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If you’re on deck, you don’t want to see Montana Fouts in the circle.

SEC opponents already knew the Alabama softball pitcher is one of the best hurlers in the country. She emphatically proved it at the SEC Softball Tournament in Tuscaloosa this past weekend.

Fouts favorite letter is K. Forwards or backwards, she got plenty of practice perfecting her penmanship.

Her dominant performance led to an SEC championship and a new record.

Montana Fouts Breaks SEC Softball Tournament Strikeout Record

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The Alabama Crimson Tide started its postseason run at Rhoads Stadium against Kentucky in the tournament quarterfinals. Fouts made 15 Wildcat batters whiff in a 5-1 win. She tied fellow ‘Bama pitcher Alexis Osorio for the SEC record for strikeouts in a single conference tournament game with 15.

In the semifinals, Alabama needed every one of her 13 strikeouts against Tennessee. The Tide squeaked out a 6-5 victory after giving up three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Fouts capped off her record-setting weekend against the top-seeded Florida Gators in the SEC Tournament championship game. Unfortunately for the Gators, the SEC regular season title didn’t help them stand a chance. Fouts sat down 11 UF batters in a 4-0 complete-game shutout to secure the Tide’s sixth SEC Tournament title ? the most in conference history.

Over three games, Fouts set a new SEC Softball Tournament record with 39 strikeouts. Her incredible performance broke the previous mark of 37 set by LSU’s Britni Sneed in 2002.

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The 2021 SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year was named the Tournament MVP.

“Winning the tournament at home means everything after all the adversity we’ve faced and the injuries we’ve overcome this year, Fouts said. To us, this win signifies that anything is possible and that we can accomplish anything. It feels great to be a part of this university and for our team to contribute our own SEC championship, but we aren’t done yet and we have bigger dreams.”

The Crimson Tide kick off the 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament against Alabama State. The Tide is the third-overall seed behind Oklahoma and UCLA.

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No matter who the opponent is, Alabama can beat anyone when Montana Fouts has the ball.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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