Montana Fouts throws perfect game as Alabama softball advances to WCWS semifinal with win over UCLA

Montana Fouts threw the first perfect game at the Women's College World Series in more than 20 years and Alabama softball (52-7) beat UCLA (41-15) 6-0 in a winners bracket game Friday night in Oklahoma City. 

Fouts struck out 14 batters on her 21st birthday. Kaylee Tow added a three-run home run in the sixth inning. 

The win gives the Crimson Tide its first win over UCLA in school history. Alabama is one win away from a berth in the national championship series and will play Sunday against an opponent to be determined. 

Here are three things we learned as the Crimson Tide advanced further into the WCWS:

Fouts shines on 21th birthday

Fouts continued her domination in Oklahoma City with a complete game, raising her season strikeout total to 344. She’s had 22 starts with 10-plus strikeouts and nine in a row. 

This start was similar to Thursday night’s against Arizona, in which the NFCA All-American recorded seven consecutive strikeouts after forcing a groundout for the first out of the game. She threw a ground ball for the ninth out of the game. She got her first nine strikeouts swinging and 10th looking in both WCWS appearances.

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