Alabama softball shuts out Stanford, forces win-or-go-home NCAA regional final

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Alabama softball forced an advance-or-go-home game in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional by beating Stanford 4-0 early Sunday morning.

It was the second elimination game Alabama has won within roughly a 14-hour span with its season on the line.

The Crimson Tide (44-12) must beat the Cardinal (38-20) later Sunday to earn a spot in a super regional, which would be played in Tuscaloosa beginning next week.

Montana Fouts, making her 10th consecutive appearance, struck out five batters and scattered five hits in the complete game effort

Fouts (24-7, 1.94 ERA) worked high and low and forced four ground balls directly back to her in the start. It was her 20th complete game of the year.

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In the second inning, the Cardinal had two runners on with one out, but were unable to score. The same thing happened in the fourth inning after some heads up defense kept Stanford from crossing home plate. Fouts got the third out at home after a Cardinal steal attempt.

The offense was non-existent through five innings, but woke up in the sixth inning plating four runs on four hits and a Bailey Dowling walk, the third time she reached base in the game. Freshman Jenna Lord continued to come through in big spots with an RBI single after weird spin on the ball fooled the Cardinal defense. Kaylee Tow picked up her first hit of the regional, an RBI single. Ally Shipman picked up her sixth hit of the weekend and scored.

Murph went to his bench resulting in a two out, two-run double by pinch hitter KJ Haney to extend the lead to four runs in the sixth inning.

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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama softball forces win-or-go-home Stanford game in NCAA regional