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Alabama softball relies on pitching as Tide goes to Missouri

Alabama’s Alexis Osorio leads SEC and is second in nation in strikeouts

There are two things in the rear view mirror as the ninth-ranked Alabama softball team prepares for a three-game series at Missouri.

The best thing that happened for Alabama softball came earlier this week when the Crimson Tide defeated Kent State, 5-3, to give Patrick Murphy his 1,000th head coaching victory.

The recent event to be forgotten is the one loss of last weekend to South Carolina. The Gamecocks handed the Tide a 14-0 defeat, the worst ever for Bama at Rhoads Stadium. Fortunately, Alabama rebounded to win two of three from South Carolina.

This weekend Bama is on the road at Missouri for games at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday on SEC Network, and Noon Sunday.

Alabama is 31-4 this year, including 7-2 in Southeastern Conference games. The Tigers are 18-13 overall, 1-4 in the conference. Bama is tied for second in the SEC, one game back in the loss column to 7-1 Florida.

This year’s Tide team relies on its pitching combo of Alexis Osorio and Sydney Littlejohn. Osorio leds the SEC and is second in the nation with 186 strikeouts while Littlejohn is third in the conference with 126. Bama and Florida are the only SEC teams with two pitchers having 100 or more strikeouts this season.

The Tide leads the SEC in strikeouts (331) and wins (31) and is second in opposing batting average (.160) and hits allowed (129).

In SEC games, Alabama is ranked first in hits (63) and is second in batting average (.290), on base percentage (.391), walks (34), stolen bases (10), strikeouts (62), and third in runs scored (44).

Missouri is led by pitcher Cheyenne Baxter (2.42 ERA) and on offense by Kirsten Mack (.381) and Braxton Burnside (9 home runs, 35 hits).

Alabama is 11-7 all-time vs. Missouri.

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