Late Game Heroics Lift Alabama Over Missouri 3-1 in Game Two
After dropping game one on Friday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide bounced back on Saturday to defeat the Missouri Tigers 3-1 in the Annual Power of Pink game.
Alex Salter had a strong showing on the mound in her first career SEC start, allowing seven hits, one run, one walk, and earning three strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched.
Kendyll Bailey got things started for Missouri in the top of the first, belting a solo home-run over the center field wall to put the Tigers up 1-0. The Tide responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Ally Shipman earned a two-out single and Bailey Dowling drove her in with an RBI-double, tying the game at one.
After leaving two runners on base in the second inning, the Tigers threatened once again in the third loading the bases with one out. Salter responded with back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game tied.
With runners on the corners and one out in the top of the fifth, the game one starter, Montana Fouts entered to pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, Fouts earned her first strikeout of the game to end the threat.
The Tide were able to put runners on the corners in the bottom of the fifth, but a strikeout and an unsuccessful double steal attempt ended the inning to keep the game tied at one.
The Tide put two runners on base once again in the bottom of the sixth after Shipman singled and Dowling walked. Abby Doerr hit a two-run single to score both runners, giving Alabama its first lead of the game, 3-1.
After giving up a leadoff walk, Fouts struck out the side in the top of the seventh to secure the 3-1 victory for the Tide.
Fouts improved to 21-5 on the season, allowing one hit, no runs, one walk, one hit-by-pitch and earning six strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.
The rubber match is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CST. A win for Alabama would secure the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament next week.