Alexis Osorio etched her name into the NCAA record book last weekend when she struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning game. On Tuesday she received recognition for that achievement as she was named USA Softball Player of the Week, NFCA Pitcher of the Week and SEC Pitcher of the Week.
Osorio became just the second player in NCAA history to strike out 21 batters in a seven-inning contest, joining Cal’s Michele Granger, who did it in 1991. In addition to fanning those batters in a game against Fordham, Osorio threw a no-hitter the night before against Boston College, and earned a save the next day against Samford.
Osorio, a two-time All-American from Riverside, Calif., is 5-3 with a 1.85 earned-run average. She has 93 strikeouts in 53 innings, an average of 1.75 per inning. She is 73 strikeouts short of 1,000 for her career.
Alabama is ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll, and 15th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25.
The Crimson Tide (17-5) will visit Georgia Tech on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. CT game. Alabama will open SEC play at Auburn in a three-game series that starts Friday.