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Alexis Osorio is second team All-SEC in softball and Bailey Hemphill and Elissa Brown are Freshmen All-SEC

Alexis Osorio leads the SEC in strikeouts

Alabama didn’t place a player on the All-Southeastern Conference Softball first team, but a Crimson Tide pitcher is possibly the best second team honoree ever. Crimson Tide pitching was outstanding this year, ranking second in the SEC, but the Bama batters ranked 10th in runs produced.
Thus, Alabama ace Alexis Osorio, a junior, was selected to the second team.
The Tide did have two first team Freshman All-SEC selections in outfielder Elissa Brown and catcher Bailey Hemphill.
The honor is the second of Osorio’s career, previously earning first team in 2015. Alabama has placed at least one player on the All-SEC team every year since the program’s inaugural 1997 season for a total of 93 honorees in 21 years. Brown and Hemphill give Alabama 17 honorees since the award’s debut in 2005, including five in the past three years.
Osorio leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 287 strikeouts over 167.1 innings pitched, an average of 1.72 per inning. In 16 innings against powerful Auburn last week she struck out 32 batters.
A finalist for the USA Softball Player of the year, she owns a 20-7 record with a 1.34 ERA, tossing 24 complete games including eight shutouts. In conference play, she is 9-5 with a 1.56 ERA and 132 strikeouts over 90.0 innings pitched. Her .123 opposing batting average and .146 clip in conference play both rank second in the SEC.
Hemphill’s 52 walks rank third in the SEC, seventh nationally and is the highest total of any freshman in the nation. A finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year award, she is hitting .310 this season with 40 hits in 129 at-bats and 35 RBIs. Her .497 on base percentage leads the team and her .519 slugging percentage ranks second.
Brown owns a .312 batting average heading into postseason play, which ranks third on the team. She leads the team with 36 runs scored and 25 stolen bases and has reached base safely in each of her last 14 games. In SEC play, she is hitting .333 with 12 hits and 10 runs scored and is a perfect 5-5 in stolen bases.

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