Fouts, a transfer from Community College of Southern Nevada, took a perfect game into the seventh inning and was helped out by his offense as the Raiders beat host Southwest Texas State 6-2.
Fouts retired the first 19 batters he faced before allowing a one-out single to Evan Tierce in the seventh inning. Southwest Texas (7-2) ended up scoring two runs later in the inning on a Mark Younk home run.
By that time, however, the Raiders (8-4) had built a 6-0 lead on the strength of homers by Jon Slack and Nick Blankenship. Cody Fuller and Tyler Carson also drove in runs as Tech finished the tournament 2-1 after going 1-2 the week before in Houston.
Fouts, pitching possibly to save his spot in the weekend rotation, started strong and threw 27 pitches through the first four innings and 49 through six. He retired the first batter of the seventh before Tierce singled and Jacob Spencer reached on a fielder's choice ahead of Younk's two-run blast to center.
Fouts finished the inning before giving way to Chad Ertel, who pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game. Fouts finished allowing three hits and walking none with five strikeouts and was also aided by a Tech defense which did not commit an error for the second straight game.
After getting the leadoff batter on base in three of the first four innings, the Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Blankenship and an infield single by Fuller. Blankenship and Fuller were each awarded an extra base when umpires called obstruction on the Bobcat defense, but both runners were stranded in scoring position.
Slack pushed the lead to 3-0 in the sixth with a two-out homer to left, his third of the season. One inning later, Brent Fossum, who had drawn walks in his three previous plate appearances, singled to right and scored on Blankenship's fifth homer of the season, a drive that was originally ruled a double before it was determined it hit a fence behind the outfield fence and bounced back in.
Tech kept the inning going two outs later as Willie Durazo was hit by a pitch from Southwest Texas reliever Michael Gultz and moved to second on a passed ball. Carson plated Durazo with a single to left for a 6-0 lead.