Kentucky Softball will now sit and wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday night on ESPN2. Their regular season came to an end Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, falling to Alabama 5-1.
A night after fifth-year pitcher Autumn Humes turned in a three-hit shutout in the circle to propel UK to a 3-0 win over Georgia, the Wildcats would have no such luck on the diamond against the Crimson Tide.
Humes allowed a first-inning home run to SEC Player of the Year Bailey Hemphill and then a two-run double in the bottom of the third to give Alabama a 3-0 lead. Humes would exit the game after just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
The Wildcats threatened in the top of the third inning, eventually loading the bases but Erin Coffel would strike out to end the inning. Then, in the fourth inning, Humes singled to right field and Renee Abernathy scored on a throwing error to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Crimson Tide would add two more insurance runs in the fifth inning, once again coming via home run off the bat of Hemphill for her second long ball of the game and 60th of her career. The additional run support was unnecessary though as Kentucky was unable to get the bats going against Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year Montana Fouts.
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Fouts, a Grayson, Kentucky native was absolutely dominant all game long striking out 15 batters, tied for the most in Southeastern Conference Tournament history. She threw all seven innings allowing just one run on five hits. Fouts is now an incredible 20-3 on the season with a 1.49 earned run average. The former East Carter High School star has recorded 266 strikeouts in 169 innings pitched this season.
The Crimson Tide, now 43-7 on the season, advance to the semifinals to face Tennessee Friday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Kentucky fell to 39-13 with the loss.