With senior ace pitcher Alexis Osorio, a two-time All-American, out last week in concussion protocol after being struck in the head by a batted ball at Auburn the previous weekend, the 15th-ranked Alabama softball team was down to only two available pitchers. Junior Courtney Gettins stepped up to help the Crimson Tide go 3-1 on the week, defeating UAB and taking two out of three games to win its home series with Ole Miss.
Gettins, a New Zealand native who transferred from a Florida junior college, went 3-0 with a 1.58 earned-run average. She allowed five runs, four earned, over 17 2/3 innings to up her record to 10-2. She was the winning pitcher in relief vs. UAB and threw complete-game wins against the Rebels in the first and third games of the series.
The Crimson Tide also got solid hitting performances from shortstop Sydney Booker and outfielder Elissa Brown. Booker batted .600 (6 for 10) on the week with six RBIs and four extra-base hits: a home run, two triples and a double. Brown batted .462 (6 for 13).
Alabama (22-8) is 3-3 in SEC play, tied for seventh in league standings. UA will visit Kentucky for a three-game series this weekend, with Saturday’s 4 p.m. CT game televised on ESPN2.