Could Alabama softball get Montana Fouts back for NCAA Tournament Super Regionals?
Montana Fouts was available for Alabama softball against MTSU in the Tuscaloosa Regional but did not come into either game.
It didn't matter as Alabama got the 1-0 win over Middle Tennessee State to advance to the Super Regional round behind a star performance from Jaala Torrence and a key home run from Ally Shipman.
"It was a possibility to throw Montana," Murphy said. "She threw about 10 o'clock this morning, threw all out. We talked to Dr. Cain with her parents, everyone in a zoom call. She warmed up maybe in the third or fourth inning to see how it felt."
It is unknown how Fouts feels after throwing as she was not available after the game. Her status for the Super Regionals is still unknown. After the regional round, Murphy did admit that Fouts still needs to rehab her leg more.
THE WIN:Alabama softball advances to Super Regional round via Ally Shipman's home run over MTSU
WATCH:Alabama softball ace Montana Fouts throws in bullpen during Tuscaloosa Regional Final
"(Fouts) can keep rehabbing and doing what she needs to do for next weekend," Murphy said.
Alabama and Murphy did not turn the ball over to Fouts as Jaala Torrence was in control of the game.
Fouts has not appeared since leaving the SEC Tournament quarterfinals against Arkansas. She has been out with a hyperextended left knee and has been day-to-day. Fouts had not thrown in the bullpen until during Game 1 of Sunday's regional final. She is still sporting a knee brace while pitching.
Fouts is the unquestioned ace for the Crimson Tide, throwing over half their innings during the regular season. She led the nation with 311 strikeouts during the regular season. Fouts holds a 23-9 record with a 1.44 ERA. She has thrown two perfect games and a no-hitter this season. She had 10 complete game shutouts.
Jaala Torrence had picked up both of Alabama's wins in the series, throwing 18 ⅔ scoreless innings. She finished Sunday's game with eight strikeouts.