When Montana Fouts left last night’s game, she had given up three runs and made numerous slip ups. This ended up determining the game as the Tide lost 3-1. When she came in tonight to relieve Jaala Torrence, something felt different. Montana’s confidence and swagger seemed to be back. That proved to be true as she finished off the Wildcats in a legendary performance and forced a Game 3.

The game started out better than on Friday, with an Alabama run scoring at the top of the first inning. Torrence was phenomenal throughout much of the game, allowing only one run and a small handful of hits.

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The move to Fouts was timed perfectly, however, as Torrence had just given up a run and let two runners on base. With the season on the line, coach Patrick Murphy went to his superstar, and she delivered yet another timeless performance.

The winning run ending up being a RBI double from third baseman Ashley Prange in the top of the seventh inning, right when the Tide needed it most. Prange and right fielder Larissa Preuitt were the two Tide players to reach home plate, in the first and seventh innings respectively. Despite recording six hits to Northwestern's seven, the Tide's world class pitching rotation was able to frequently strand Wildcat runners.

The momentum feels shifted in favor of the Tide right before another season defining game. One more win would send them to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2021. The elimination game will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.

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