Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio was outstanding against 13th ranked Oklahoma until a seventh inning home run gave the Sooners a 2-0 win over Bama in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Super Regional series.
Osorio had a no-hitter until the seventh inning and had 13 strikeouts – including 11 straight from the second through the fifth innings – but was the tough luck loser in the final game of the Cal State-Fullerton Tournament Saturday.
Earlier in the day the Tide had defeated DePaul, 14-6. The Crimson Tide is now 26-5.
Alabama pounded out a season-best 18 hits in the win over DePaul, the most since recording 18 against Alabama A&M on Feb. 12, 2011. Against Oklahoma, however, Bama could manage only two hits.
Alabama begins a four-game homestand on Tuesday against Alcorn State (4-13) at 6 p.m. CDT. Next weekend, the Tide will host the Missouri Tigers (18-4) for a three-game SEC series beginning on Saturday. Sunday and Monday contests will be on the SEC Network with both games beginning at 6 p.m.
The Alabama-Oklahoma game was a true pitcher’s duel with Osorio (8-3) battling against the Sooners’ Paige Parker (8-3). Both teams were hitless until the top of the third when Andrea Hawkins beat out an infield single with one out. In the fourth the Tide had two on and no outs, but the Sooners escaped with a double play and a fine leaping grab by the Oklahoma shortstop.
In the seventh inning, Oklahoma’s Sydney Romero led off with a single. Two batters later, Shay Knighten ended the game with a homer over the left field fence.
In the earlier game, Alabama was able to take a run-rule victory over DePaul, 14-6 in six innings.
Alabama took a 3-0 lead in the first, but DePaul erased it and more, scoring four runs in its half of the first inning.
Chandler Dare led the Tide’s 18-hit attack with a career high four hits. She drove in three runs and scored twice. Reagan Dykes and Marisa Runyon each had three hits, including a two-run homer by Runyon in the fourth inning as part of a five RBI day.
Alabama starter Madi Moore (8-0) allowed six runs over four innings but earned the win to remain undefeated, while Sydney Littlejohn threw two perfect innings with four strikeouts in relief. DePaul’s Megan Leyva (1-8) threw a complete game and was tagged for 14 earned runs and the loss.
Runyon got things started for the Tide in the top of the first, pulling a two-run double into the right field gap before Peyton Grantham drove her in on an RBI triple that got past a diving outfielder, giving Alabama an early 3-0 lead. A two-run double, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly allowed DePaul to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Alabama wasn’t down for long, scoring three in the top of the second to regain the lead, 6-4. An RBI single by Dykes tied it at 4-4 before the Tide executed a double steal in the next at-bat to take a 5-4 lead. An RBI single by Runyon extended the lead to 6-4.
The Tide would score two more in the third inning on a two-run single by Dare and three in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Runyon and an RBI groundout by Andrea Hawkins to extend the lead to 11-4. DePaul got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning to draw within five, trailing 11-6. Both teams would go scoreless in the fifth inning but Alabama would drop in three-straight RBI doubles in the top of the sixth to take an eight-run lead and a scoreless bottom half would give the Tide the run-rule victory with a final score of 14-6.