TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Senior pitcher Alexis Osorio threw a one-hitter and the heart of the batting order was responsible for scoring three runs as the University of Alabama softball team avoided a sweep by Tennessee with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.
Osorio (11-7) struck out 7 and walked 3 as the No. 7 Volunteers had only one base runner reach scoring position. It was her sixth shutout of the season and 27th of her career, passing Stephanie VanBrakle for third all-time on the Crimson Tide career list.
No. 17 Alabama (28-15, 8-10 SEC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when junior left fielder Merris Schroder reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and came home on an RBI single from junior Caroline Hardy,
It extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning when leadoff batter Demi Turner singled, was advanced to second and scored on a Schroder hit up the middle. She later scored on senior shortstop Sydney Booker’s triple down the right-field line.
Booker scored the final run in the sixth inning on a dropped fly ball to left.
Cailin Hannon led off the top of the sixth with a single through the left side, breaking up Osorio’s no-hit bid. Matty Moss (17-4) took the loss for Tennessee.
The Vols (40-9, 10-8 SEC) won the first two games of the series by sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday.
Osorio took the loss to Moss in Game 1 when Meghan Gregg knocked a double off the wall in center to bring in the only run. Tennessee rallied to win nightcap 13-3 thanks to 12 hits and four Crimson Tide errors. Madison Preston (6-5) took the loss.
Alabama travels to Georgia for a three-game series beginning Friday.