Tigers Upset Tide in SEC Championship
The Missouri Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide softball team 3-0, to advance to the 2022 SEC Softball Championship semifinals.
Not only was it the Tide's fourth matchup with the Tigers in six days, but also Alabama ace Montana Fouts' fourth time on the mound in six days.
Both teams matched up evenly on both sides of the ball for the majority of the game. Unfortunately for the Tide, the damage came in the top of the sixth inning where Fouts gave up two hits, an intentional walk, and two Tide errors to give the Tigers the late lead. Missouri second baseman Kendyll Bailey hit an RBI sacrifice fly, third baseman Kara Daly hit an RBI single, and left fielder Casidy Chaumont reached on a fielding error which scored the third run.
Fouts pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, earned one run, walked one batter, and struck out five batters.
The Tide saw five team hits throughout the game, from first baseman Kaylee Tow, designated player Abby Doerr, second baseman Kali Heivilin, and two from third baseman Ashley Prange, but could not do anything positive with them.
"We're gonna have to work on some competitive stuff... Because you know, we have to score runs obviously to win a game and credit to Missouri for a great job today," said Alabama softball head coach Patrick Murphy.
This is Murphy's first time going winless in the conference championship in his entire time at Alabama and only the second time in program history.
The Missouri softball team will take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the softball semifinals on Friday, May 13, 2022. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CST.
The Tide will have to wait for the conference championships to finish to know its fate in the road to the Women's College World Series.