Alabama’s softball team wasn’t exactly in a slump after suffering a one-run loss in the Crimson Classic on Saturday. On Sunday the Crimson Tide rebounded in a big way on the arm of Alexis Osorio.
Osorio turned in a 16-strikeout, 1-hit performance as Alabama rolled to a 5-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe Sunday. She improved her record to 7-0 and the Crimson Tide ran its record to 20-2.
The 16 strikeouts was a career high for Osorio, and was the highest total for an Alabama pitcher since Kelsi Dunne had 16 strikeouts against Hawaii on May 30, 2010, in an NCAA Super Regional. Fourteen of Osorio’s strikeouts were swinging.
Osorio took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when she gave up her lone hit of the game.
Meanwhile, Alabama’s offense was doing its job. The Tide took a 3-0 lead over ULM in the first inning, as a leadoff triple by Haylie McCleney coupled with a fielding error scored one and a pair of RBI singles by Leona Lafaele and Sydney Booker added two more. The lead remained the same until the fifth inning when Reagan Dykes hit a two-run homer, her second of the weekend and fourth of the year, to stretch it to 5-0.
McCleney led the Tide with a 3-3 performance at the top of the order, finishing a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Demi Turner went 2-3 batting second, her team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the season, while Lafaele, Booker, and Dykes accounted for all four of the Tide’s RBIs. ULM starter Melanie Coyne (8-6) went the distance in the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits. Rochelle Roberts tallied the one hit for the Warhawks.
Alabama stays at Rhoads Stadium for a Tuesday night game against Samford (11-7). First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be aired live on the SEC Network.