Alabama Falls To FSU 8-5 in Semifinals Ending 2021 Season
OKLAHOMA CITY — With the stadium lights on in Oklahoma City, the Crimson Tide ended its run in the 2021 Women’s College World Series. It was win or go home tonight for Alabama, but the team gave it their all until the very last out.
“It was a challenge coming back. I wish we could have come back and won it,” graduate student Bailey Hemphill said, “I think we showed the type of fight this team and this program has had in the past. It just sucks that we couldn't get it done.”
Montana Fouts started in the circle tonight for Alabama. Very quickly the Seminole batters got a hold of her pitches sending a three-run home run over the fence.
"I tried to go in with the same mindset, just to go pitch by pitch. I guess it just didn't go my way," Fouts said shrugging.
After giving up six runs, head coach Patrick Murphy decided to pull her.
“We needed to stop the bleeding,” Murphy said. “That was basically it, giving them a different look, see if Lexi could slow them down and give us a chance to get back in the game, and she did that.”
The Crimson Tide faced an 8-0 deficit and a possible run-rule.
Alabama bounced back in the face of adversity. The team is no stranger to adversity as they’ve faced it all season.
“You name it, we had it,” Murphy said.
'Two outs so what?' is written on the right field foul pole back at Rhoads Stadium.
Hemphill took that to heart today as she drove in Alabama’s first run of the night.
“I feel like we're never out of it,” Hemphill said.
Kaylee Tow followed with a hit of her own to score Elissa Brown.
Now being down 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hemphill hit her very last home run of her career.
“Wearing this "A" has meant everything to me. This university has given me more than I could ever ask for,” Hemphill said with tears in her eyes about Alabama. “I am just forever grateful.”
Alabama scored one more run in the inning. That would be the final run for the Crimson Tide’s 2021 season.
“There were a ton of people that bought into our program, and that's one of the main reasons why we're here today,” Murphy said.