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Alabama’s Alexis Osorio is pitcher of week, Bailey Hemphill freshman of week

Alabama goes 5-0 with Osorio starring on mound, Hemphill at the plate

It could be said that Alabama softball players Alexis Osorio and Bailey Hemphill did all they possibly could do to earn recognition as Southeastern Conference player of the week honorees.
It started with Alabama winning all five of its games in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C., and Osorio and Hemphill were big in those victories.
Junior Alexis Osorio is the SEC Pitcher of the Week and catcher Bailey Hemphill is SEC Freshman of the Week.
Osorio got the season off to a great start with a perfect game, the fourth in Alabama history, as she put Coastal Carolina down without a baserunner. She struck out an Alabama record 19 batters in the gem.
The next day she came back in relief and pitched 4 2/3 innings of perfect ball against Towson, striking out six and earning the victory.
Of the 35 batters she faced in the two games, she struck out 25 of them.
Hemphill made quite an impression in her first weekend with the Tide, hitting .500 (7-14) in her five starts with nine RBIs, a team-leading three home runs, and posting a 1.214 slugging percentage.
She hit a home run in her first career at-bat, a three-run shot against Towson on Friday, and added another three-run homer the next game against Coastal Carolina. She capped the weekend with another long ball on Sunday against host Coastal Carolina, part of a 3-3 day at the plate. She delivered at least one hit in all five games and scored at least one run in four of the five.
The weekly SEC award is the second of Osorio’s career, previously winning on Feb. 29, 2016, and — naturally — the first for Hemphill who made her Crimson Tide debut last weekend.
Hemphill joins Charlotte Morgan (2007) and Haylie McCleney (2013) as the only players in program history to win Freshman of the Week in the first week of the season.
Overall, Alabama has had an SEC Pitcher of the Week 35 times and Freshman of the Week 18 times, the latter award being introduced in 2007.
Next up, Alabama plays its home opener on Wednesday, hosting South Alabama (5-0) at 5 p.m. CST at Rhoads Stadium. This weekend, the Tide travels to Lafayette, La., for a three-game series at No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette (4-2) starting on Friday at 5 p.m. CST.


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