Two-time All-American pitcher Alexis Osorio has been cleared to play for the Alabama softball team after sitting out last week undergoing concussion protocol.
Osorio, a senior from Riverside, California, was struck in the head with a ball two weekends ago at Auburn and left the game in the first inning. She did not play in any of the Crimson Tide’s four games last week. UA coach Patrick Murphy received news Tuesday that she can return to action this weekend at Kentucky when Alabama travels to Lexington for a three-game series that starts Friday.
“She can pitch,” Murphy said. “We’re really happy about that. She passed her test, the doctor cleared her.
“I think you give her a start, but I dont know which game that would be. She’s a perfectionist. Her timing is crucial to her success. She needs to feel good with her pitches. She’s not like a fastball power thrower, she’s kind of a finesse-with-movement that strikes a lot of people out.”
Osorio is 6-3 with a 1.61 earned-run average. She has 101 strikeouts in 61 innings this season. Earlier this month, in back-to-back outings, she threw a no-hitter and then tied an NCAA record by striking out 21 batters in a seven-inning game.