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Alabama advanced in SEC softball tourney with 10-inning win over Texas A&M

Alexis Osorio struck out SEC Tournament record 15 Aggies

For six innings, the story of Alabama’s Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament was Crimson Tide pitcher Alexis Osorio, who was within three outs of being the first individual in history to pitch a no-hitter in an SEC Tournament game. Unfortunately, the no-hitter and the shutout were lost on one swing of an Aggies bat. Fortunately, Bama had a bat-swinger of its own and emerged with a 10-inning 2-1 win over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Lee Stadium in Knoxville.
After the disappointment of having A&M tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, Osorio continued her excellent pitching and in the top of the 10th freshman Bailey Hemphill delivered her second home run of the tournament. Hemphill took a two-strike pitch to deep center field for what would be the winning run. She had also homered in Bama’s tournament-opening win over Arkansas and now has eight home runs on the season.
Alabama improved to 42-15. Texas A&M, which has yet to win in four SEC Tournament games since joining the league in 2012, fell to 42-10.
Osorio (21-7) held the Aggies to just two hits over her career-high 10 innings, striking out 15 batters, the single-game record in SEC Tournament history. Osorio also became the fifth pitcher in Alabama history to eclipse the 300-mark for single-season strikeouts.
Osorio held the Aggies hitless for six innings before a solo home run by Tori Vidales tied it in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game to extra innings.
Bama had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning when freshman Elissa Brown opened the inning with a single, went to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on Marisa Runyon’s single.
This was the sixth SEC Tournament game to go 10 innings, tying the record for longest game by innings.
Next, Alabama will play in the semifinals against the winner of  No. 1 seed Florida and No. 8 seed Ole Miss. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 pm CDT with television coverage on ESPNU. Bama did not play Florida in the regular season. The Tide lost two one-run games and the series, 2-1, at Ole Miss.

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