Montana Fouts was injured in the seventh inning of the Alabama softball team’s SEC tournament quarterfinal game against Arkansas. The graduate student pitcher appeared to hyperextend her left knee when she landed awkwardly after striking out a Razorbacks batter. She was removed from the game, and Alabama coach Patrick Murphy did not have an update on her condition after the game.
He told Gary Harris of Tide 100.9 that Fouts was still day-to-day and it’s unclear how serious her leg injury is. However, he said the injury will not impact Alabama’s pitching plans for the NCAA tournament, which begins next week.
Fouts, a 2021 NFCA All-American, was one of the top pitchers in college softball before her injury. She led the nation with 311 strikeouts and had a team-leading 1.44 ERA this season. She had also thrown three no-hitters this year and is a two-time SEC player of the year.
In addition to her success on the diamond, Fouts has garnered a huge following for her social media presence. She has over 70,000 followers on her Twitter account and more than 8,000 on Instagram.
Fouts attended East Carter High School in Grayson, Kentucky where she was a dominant force on the field. She was named the Kentucky state Gatorade player of the year in softball in 2016, 2017 and 2018. During her high school career, she achieved 111 wins with 1,483 strikeouts and 77 shutouts. She also held the record for most consecutive perfect games with 9 and no-hitters with 14.