Earning All-America can be based on more than just statistics. Certainly, Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio had the statistics, but the real proof of her mettle came in 23 2/3 innings of NCAA Tournament competition.
Alabama got a tough draw, first hosting the nation’s top-ranked team in Minnesota and then going to Gainesville to face the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the Florida Gators. Osorio pitched 10 2/3 innings against the Golden Gophers and 13 against the Gators. She allowed a total of just two runs while turning in 29 strikeouts.
In part because of that performance, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association selected Alabama’s junior star pitcher a first team All-America.
It is Osorio’s second career All-America nod, previously winning second team honors as a freshman in 2015. It is the 53rd All-America award in program history, giving the Crimson Tide at least one All-American every year since 1998.
Osorio led the team with 23 wins, a 1.21 ERA and 334 strikeouts this season, an average of 1.65 strikeouts per inning. Her 334 strikeouts led the SEC, ranked fifth nationally and is the fourth-highest single season total in program history. Her 1.21 ERA also ranks fourth in program history. She had four games with 18 or more strikeouts, a feat which had only been accomplished twice before in UA history. In her first game of the season, she tossed the fourth perfect game in Tide history along with a school-record 19 strikeouts.
In addition to her perfect game, Osorio and fellow pitchers Sydney Littlejohn and Madi Moore combined for three no-hitters this season and shut out a school-record 27 opponents. The staff ERA of 1.50 ranks third in program history its .164 opposing batting average is a single-season school record.