3 things to know about Alabama softball pitcher Lexi Kifoyl in the WCWS

Brett Greenberg
The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl delivers a pitch against Kent State in Rhoads Stadium Friday, March 5, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Lexi Kilfoyl drew the starting assignment in the pitching circle for Alabama softball's semifinal game against Florida State in the WCWS.

She took the Alabama softball program by storm her freshman year and continued her success into her sophomore season before getting injured before the Florida series in the first week of April.     

She was named to the All-SEC Newcomer Team (2021) and has been awarded SEC Newcomer of the Week (March 16, 2021) and SEC Freshman of the Week (Feb. 17, 2020). The 2020 season was not completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and athletes were granted an extra year of eligibility.

Before Kilfoyl's appearance in the semifinal round against Tennessee, she had not pitched in over a month and Alabama coach Patrick Murphy hinted she was healthy. 

Kilfoyl entered in the top of the sixth inning and could only get one out but not before giving up three runs and the lead. 

In the regional, KilfoyI struck out 15 batters and got her first 14 outs via the strikeout and now has an opportunity to continue her hot streak in the semifinal round against FSU.

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Here are three things to know about Alabama's other ace:

She's as highly-touted as they come

Kilfoy is a two-time Florida Gatorade Player of the Year (2018-19), went 14-1 as a senior with a 0.48 ERA while also batting .563 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs and was named 2018 Class 2A Player of the Year. 

She led her high school to back-to-back state championships her junior and senior years and was a member of the U.S. U-19 National Team in 2017 and 2019, earning gold at the WBSC U-19 World Cup each season.

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Alabama pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl delivers to the plate against Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M 11-3 to open a series in Rhoads Stadium Thursday, April 1, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

She can be unhittable

Kilfoyl threw her first career no-hitter against North Carolina earlier in the year. She struck out eight Tarheels.

She also threw 11 shutout innings on opening weekend against Notre Dame (Feb. 13) and Louisville (Feb. 14), striking out 16 while allowing just five hits and one walk. 

She has held opponents hitless in five appearances in her career.

She can deliver the hits

In her no-hitter, the two-way player added an RBI double to give the Crimson Tide and herself an insurance run.

She drove in the eventual winning run in the third game against Tennessee in their series. She went 2-for-3 with a run in a game against Kentucky. She hit .571 (4-for-7) with five walks in three games against Texas A&M. She also hit her first career home run against Louisiana, a three-run shot in the first inning. 

Alabama pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl gives high fives after completing an inning. The Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M 11-3 to open a series in Rhoads Stadium Thursday, April 1, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]