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Alabama Softball Defeats Washington, Advances to World Series

Coach Patrick Murphy's team is headed back to Oklahoma City.

After a thrilling walk-off win in the opener, the Alabama softball team was able to enjoy a mostly drama-free victory in Game 2 of their Super Regional against Washington, taking down the Huskies by a 5-2 score. Reagan Dykes opened the scoring in the third with a three-run bomb, providing all of the runs the Tide would need. Andrea Hawkins and Kallie Case also drove home a run apiece.

Sydney Littlejohn started in the circle, getting through the first two frames before running into some trouble in the third. With one run in and Washington threatening with two on and one out, Coach Patrick Murphy once again turned to his hot hand, Alexis Osorio.

Good decision, Coach.

Osorio had struggled late in the regular season as she battled through some nagging injuries, but she has been nothing short of dominant in the postseason, allowing zero earned runs while striking out 49 in 29.1 innings. She closed out the series with 4.2 innings of shutout ball and ended the game with four consecutive strikeouts. On the weekend she tallied 242 pitches in 48 hours and allowed zero earned runs in 12.2 innings of work.

The Tide will now move on to face #3 Oklahoma on Thursday, time and TV schedule to be announced. This will be Alabama's 11th trip to the Women's College World Series, the most of any SEC team.

Roll Tide.