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5 things to know about Alabama softball ace Montana Fouts in the WCWS

Tuscaloosa News logo Tuscaloosa News 6/4/2021 Brett Greenberg

Sydney Littlejohn, Alexis OsorioJackie Traina and others. This is a small list of the All-American and Pitcher of the Year arms coach Patrick Murphy has had in the circle during his 25-year tenure as Alabama softball coach.

a baseball player is getting ready to pitch the ball: Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts delivers a pitch against Mississippi State Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Rhoads Stadium. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] © Gary Cosby Jr., Tuscaloosa News Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts delivers a pitch against Mississippi State Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Rhoads Stadium. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Next to join this illustrious list is junior Montana Fouts, who was named 2021 SEC Co-Pitcher of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP. 

Fouts heads the No. 3-ranked Crimson Tide's rotation that is riding a 19-game win streak as Alabama advances further in the WCWS.

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Here are five things to know about Fouts: 

She's an all-time high school great

Fouts was named the USA Today and MaxPreps National Player of the Year in 2018 and was a four-time USA Today and MaxPreps All-American as well as a four-time USA Today first-team member. 

She is a three-time Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year (2016-18) and holds the best ERA (0.16) in state history. Fouts posted 111 career wins with 1,483 strikeouts, 77 shutouts, 25 no-hitters and 15 perfect games in four years.

Her presence was felt immediately

Fouts was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, was All-SEC and named Women's College World Series All-Tournament in her first year at Alabama.

Fouts was 21-6 with a 1.39 ERA, with 193 strikeouts in 181⅔  innings.

Fouts pitched back-to-back shutouts in elimination games in the World Series, striking out a combined 14.

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Strikeouts, strikeouts, strikeouts

Foutshas 21 starts with 10-plus strikeouts and 15 against ranked opponents.

She broke the all-time record for strikeouts in a single SEC Tournament with 39 this season. The 39 strikeouts breaks Britni Sneed’s (LSU) record (37).

She tied the SEC record for number of strikeouts in a single SEC Tournament game with 15, tying former Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio (Texas A&M, 2017). She has struck out 28 batters in the SEC Tournament.

In the first game of the 2021 WCWS against Arizona, Fouts tied a career-high for strikeouts (16) while striking out the side in four innings. She also held the four- through nine-hole hitters hitless with 13 combined strikeouts.

She can go the distance

Fouts has 25 complete games this season and 54 in her career. She has pitched a shutout in 20 of those. 

She also was part of a combined perfect game in the opening weekend. 

She's a teammate

Fouts is always crediting her teammates and pitching coach Stephanie Vanbrakle Protho to media when afforded the chance. 

After pitching a complete-game shutout with 16 strikeouts against Mississippi State, Fouts responded with, "Bailey (Hemphill) has been great making me look better. I love throwing to her. Coach Steph has been calling great pitches all year."

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