Alexis Osorio didn’t have good luck in last weekend’s Southeastern Conference opener against LSU, but in Alabama’s start against the host team in the Cal State-Fullerton Tournament Thursday, Osorio was at the top of her game in pitching the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 win.
Osorio gave Alabama a complete game, allowing only three hits and striking out 11. She improved her record to 8-2 with her seventh complete game of the year.
The Tide needed that pitching performance because the Alabama offense was having its problems with Cal State-Fullerton. Bama managed two runs on just four hits. Haylie McCleney scored both of the Tide’s runs, one driven in by Leona Lafaele in the first inning and the deciding run driven home by Reagan Dykes in the sixth.
Sixth-ranked Bama, now 23-4, will play two games Friday, facing Grand Canyon (20-8) at 1 p.m. CDT and New Mexico (13-8) at 3:30.
On Thursday, Cal State Fullerton starter Sydney Golden (9-3) was charged with the loss, exiting after 5 1/3 innings as Desiree Ybarra finished the game with 1 2/3 relief innings. Alexis Gonzalez drove in the Titans’ lone run of the day, an RBI single in the sixth inning. The Titans fell to 20-9.
McCleney led off the game with an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and was driven home on an RBI single through the right side by Leona Lafaele.
A Fullerton fielding error would account for the only other Alabama baserunner until the sixth inning, when McCleney and Marisa Runyon, pinch-hitting, drew back-to-back walks with one out in the inning. Dykes would follow with a hard-hit grounder up the middle, scoring McCleney from second to make it 2-0.
The Titans drew back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the sixth and, following a strikeout, Gonzalez hit a hard RBI single to center field, scoring one as the trailing runner was tagged out at home trying to score.