Alabama’s Alexis Osorio Earns Two National Player of the Week Awards
Junior pitcher Alexis Osorio received national recognition Tuesday for her stellar week in the circle, earning Pitcher of the Week honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and National Player of the Week honors from USA Softball.
It is the first national weekly award for Osorio from either the NFCA or USA Softball and the fifth time a Crimson Tide player has won both awards in the same week. Teammate Sydney Littlejohn was the last Tide player to earn NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors, doing so last season after two wins against No. 1-ranked Florida, while Jaclyn Traina was the last to earn USA Softball’s weekly award, doing so in 2014 after another matchup with the Gators. This is Alabama’s sixth NFCA weekly award in program history and its ninth from USA Softball.
Osorio went 4-0 last week, including three wins in the conference-opening series against No. 24 Arkansas. She threw 19.2 shutout innings to push her current scoreless innings streak to a career-best 35 innings. She struck out 39 batters, an average of 1.98 per inning, with just three hits and five walks. She totaled 18 strikeouts in last Tuesday’s win over Loyola Chicago, already her third game this season with at least 18 strikeouts. There are only two other 18-strikeout games in program history and only one other SEC pitcher has earned 18 strikeouts in a game since 2015.
Last week’s performance pushes her NCAA-leading strikeout total to 161 over 65.2 innings, an average of 2.45 per inning. She is 13-1 with a 0.72 ERA this season.
Osorio and the Tide close a 12-game home stand on Wednesday, March 15 with a pair of games against Winthrop and Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. CT and 3:45 p.m. CT, respectively.