In their return trips to Tuscaloosa, Alabama softball and baseball enjoyed highly successful weekends on the diamond.

Brad Bohannon's Crimson Tide baseball squad followed up a 3-0 shutout of Southern Miss Wednesday by winning two of three games against New Mexico State.

For Patrick Murphy's Crimson Tide softball team rebounded from a disappointing outing in Seattle by winning all five games in the Easton Classic. Alabama defeated Boston College and Fordham twice while edging Samford on Sunday.

During this weekend's Easton Crimson Classic, Patrick Murphy earned his 1,000th career win at Alabama while senior Alexis Osorio tied an NCAA record for a seven-inning game with 21 strikeouts in Saturday's 7-2 win over Fordham.

In episode four of the Across the Diamond Podcast, James Hardy and Josh Smith review the breathtaking nature of Osorio's historic 21 strikeout performance including post-game thoughts from Osorio and Patrik Murphy, Murphy earning his 1,000th victory at Alabama and the importance of the SEC openers for Alabama baseball and softball.

Other topics discussed on this week's podcast include:

Alabama baseball's issues concerning stranding runners on base.

Samford softball's near-miss against Alabama at Rhoads Stadium Sunday.

The opportunity Alabama baseball has to host and win their first SEC series of the season against Georgia.

Alabama softball's sluggers as a key for their SEC opener at Auburn.

Progress report for college baseball and softball teams around Alabama.