Alabama’s Alexis Osorio Named SEC Pitcher of the Week
For the third time this season, junior pitcher Alexis Osorio has earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, announced Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference.
The weekly award is the fourth of Osorio’s career and already her third this season. She is the first Alabama pitcher to earn the award three times in a season since Jaclyn Traina in 2012. Overall, Alabama has won SEC Pitcher of the Week 37 times in program history.
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.