All last softball season there was some question as to whether the Southeastern Conference had noted what Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio was getting done. Week after week went by without Osorio receiving one of the SEC Player of the Week awards.
That was rectified at the end of the season when Osorio was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year.
It didn’t take so long for Osorio to grab one of those weekly awards this year. That’s what pitching and winning three games in a weekend – two of them complete game victories over ranked teams – will do for you.
On Monday the SEC announced that Alabama sophomore Alexis Osorio was its Pitcher of the Week.
The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide made its first appearance of the season in Rhoads Stadium in its Bama Bash, and Osorio delivered complete-game victories over No. 15 Arizona and No. 14 Tennessee. She struck out 20 batters in innings and allowed just seven walks.
She held the potent Arizona offense to three runs on three hits Friday night, striking out eight, as the Tide won 4-3. On Saturday, Osorio pitched two shutout relief innings against Marshall, allowing just one hit and earning the win as Alabama rallied from behind in the seventh inning. In the weekend finale, Osorio hung tough against 14th-ranked Tennessee, striking out nine while the Tide offense rallied to win in the seventh inning.
She was named to the Bama Bash All-Tournament Team.
For the season, Osorio is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings.
Alabama has now won at least one Pitcher of the Week award in each of the last three seasons -- Jaclyn Traina in 2014 and Sydney Littlejohn and Leslie Jury in 2015 preceding Osorio.