TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Reagan Dykes drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to give the University of Alabama softball team a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in the winners bracket game Saturday at the Tuscaloosa Regional.
The 14th-ranked Crimson Tide won a pitcher’s duel, with Alexis Osorio striking out 11 batters in a two-hitter to prevail over Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen, who gave up four hits with 10 strikeouts and just the one walk.
Alabama’s victory broke a 26-game winning streak for the Big Ten champions, who came in ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll.
Minnesota is scheduled to play in an elimination game later Saturday against the Louisiana Tech-Albany winner, but lightning strikes and expected heavy rain forced a postponement almost immediately after conclusion of Alabama vs. Minnesota.
Alabama advances to the championship round. The Crimson Tide will advance to next weekend’s super regional round unless it loses twice. The championship round is currently scheduled to start on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.