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SEC and two national softball groups recognize Alabama’s Alexis Osorio

Pitching numbers for Alabama’s Alexis Osorio are astounding

It may be that being selected Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week doesn’t get Alabama junior Alexis Osorio that excited these days. After all, she has earned that recognition three times already this season, and four times in her career.
When it was announced this week that she was again the SEC honoree, it was the first time the award had gone to an Alabama pitcher since Jaclyn Traina did it in 2012. Alabama has won SEC Pitcher of the Week 37 times in program history.
This week, though, there was more.
Osorio was named Pitcher of the Week from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and National Player of the Week honors from USA Softball.
It is the first national weekly award for Osorio from either the NFCA or USA Softball and the fifth time a Crimson Tide player has won both awards in the same week. Teammate Sydney Littlejohn was the last Tide player to earn NFCA Pitcher of the Week, doing so last season after two wins against No. 1-ranked Florida, while Jaclyn Traina was the last to earn USA Softball’s weekly award, doing so in 2014 after another matchup with the Gators. This is Alabama’s sixth NFCA weekly award in program history and its ninth from USA Softball.
Osorio went 4-0 last week, including three wins in the conference-opening series against No. 24 Arkansas. She threw 19 2/3 shutout innings to push her current scoreless innings streak to a career-best 35 innings. She struck out 39 batters, an average of 1.98 per inning, with just three hits and five walks. She totaled 18 strikeouts in last Tuesday’s win over Loyola Chicago, already her third game this season with at least 18 strikeouts. There are only two other 18-strikeout games in Alabama history and only one other SEC pitcher has earned 18 strikeouts in a game since 2015.
Last week’s performance pushes her NCAA-leading strikeout total to 161 over 65 2/3 innings, an average of 2.45 per inning. She is 13-1 with a 0.72 ERA this season.
Osorio and the Tide close a 12-game home stand on Wednesday with a pair of games against Winthrop and Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. CDT and 3:45, respectively.

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