Following the fourth no-hitter of her collegiate career in a complete game effort, Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy Offered some high praise of his fifth-year ace, Montana Fouts, and compared her to one of the legends of Alabama Football.

"When I speak to alumni groups, I speak to rotary clubs, JC's, whatever, I always say, 'you've got to see her pitch live at least once.' She's our version of Tua," said Murphy after the game.

What Murphy is trying to say is that the image on the television broadcast does not do what Fouts is doing justice, just as was the case with Crimson Tide Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. To fully appreciate Tagovailoa's ability to turn water into wine on any snap, one needed to be there in-person, watching from a bird's eye view of the entire field as the entire play developed. It was a spectacle to behold.

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Fouts is similar. One really may not be able to garner a full appreciation for how elite her game is just watching through the plasma. To see her calm poise, careful surveying of the field, and then sudden, forceful firing of the ball over the plate is awe-striking. It is also something that will not come through Tuscaloosa again for a long time, if ever, so any fan that hasn't seen her in person yet should heed Murphy's advice.

On her own performance, Fouts was humble, as usual.

"It was good to get the series win the first game and obviously I've just got some stuff to work on. I don't like free bases, so, that was on me and I could've done better than that," said Fouts of her first no-hitter that wasn't a perfect game.

Fouts and the Tide will take on Samford in the Birmingham Metro at 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday April 11 for their next contest. Fans can listen on 97.5 FM in Tuscaloosa.

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