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How The 'COOL' Cali Girl Came To The 'Heart Of Dixie'...

on Monday, May 08, 2017

Crimson Tide:

Alexis Osorio was 10 years old the first time she visited the state of Alabama. Her softball team had made it to nationals.

“I got really lightheaded and passed out in the outfield,” she said. “I don’t remember anything after that.”

Well, she does remember one thing: “It was in Auburn.”

She made up her mind when she came around in her hotel bed: “I told my parents I would never come back to Alabama because it’s so hot in the summer.”

The University of Alabama’s ace pitcher from Riverside, California, is now a junior. And she’ll be pitching against Auburn this weekend when the Tigers visit Rhoads Stadium for a three-game series.

“It’s funny how I ended up coming back here,”
she said.

Alabama coach Patrick Murphy didn’t know about that incident when he set out to recruit Osorio. 

Murphy credits former UA pitching coach Vann Stuedeman, now head coach at Mississippi State, for noticing her talent. She saw Osorio in the fall of her freshman year of high school.

Stuedeman came back excited:
“Oh my God,” she said, “I saw this kid and you could hear the seams as it came into home plate because the spin of the ball was so terrific.”

Said Murphy,
“She never really said that about anybody else. She didn’t really throw gas. The spin was incredible.”

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