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OKC Bound! Alabama Softball Punches its 14th Ticket to Women’s College World Series - University of Alabama Athletics
Alabama softball defeated Northwestern, 3-2, in Sunday's game three of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional to punch the Crimson Tide's 14th ticket to the Women's College
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball defeated Northwestern, 3-2, in Sunday's game three of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional to punch the Crimson Tide's 14th ticket to the Women's College World Series.
No. 5 seed Alabama (45-20) will be making its 14th appearance in Oklahoma City, returning after a one-year absence. After falling to Northwestern (42-13) in game one of the Super Regional, the Crimson Tide rallied to take games two and three, marking the third time in program history Alabama has done so. Both previous instances also occurred in Tuscaloosa, against Stanford in 2011 and Oklahoma in 2015.
Alabama opens play at the 2023 Women's College World Series Thursday, June 1 at 11 a.m. CT against Tennessee on ESPN.
Montana Fouts (25-10) earned the win in relief, the 100th of her career in her final game at Rhoads Stadium. She is the fourth player in program history to earn 100 wins, joining Shelley Laird (115), Kelsi Dunne (113) and Jackie Traina (106).
After a one-hour lightning delay in the bottom of the third, two singles and a walk quickly loaded the bases for Alabama before Ally Shipman roped a single down the left field line, driving in two to give the Crimson Tide the first lead of the game. With two on and one out in the top of the fourth, Fouts entered to pitch in relief. After a strikeout for out number two, a bloop single to shallow center drove in a run before a force out at third base ended the half-inning with the score now 2-1.
Leading off the bottom of the fifth, Jenna Johnson bounced one off the foul pole for a solo home run to make it a 3-1 game. With the score the same in the top of the seventh, a one-out solo home run from Maeve Nelson cut the lead to one but a groundout and strikeout sealed the victory to send the Tide to OKC.