Alabama's Alexis Osorio strikes out 21 to tie an NCAA record

Alabama senior Alexis Osorio makes history and pitches 21 strikeouts in seven innings against Fordham.

Alabama senior Alexis Osorio tied an NCAA record Saturday for most strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 21. The record-tying performance came in a 7-2 win over Fordham at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

"I can't even describe what happened out there," Osorio told Tuscaloosanews.com.

Osorio was coming off a no-hitter Friday night in a 5-0 win against Boston College.

Fordham senior Madi Shaw hit a two-run home run off Osorio with two outs in the top of the first inning following a leadoff walk. Shaw's homer was one of two hits Osorio surrendered. In the top of the fifth inning, the Rams' Kylie Michael reached first on a passed ball after striking out. Maria Trivelpiece popped up to third base for the third out, the lone Fordham out not recorded by strikeout.

Osorio, who faced 26 batters, walked two in the 126-pitch outing.

Osorio broke her own school record of 19 strikeouts, which was set in a perfect game against Towson on Feb. 10, 2017.

Former California pitcher Michele Granger (1991 vs. Creighton) is the only other Division I pitcher to strike out 21 in a seven-inning game.

The record for most strikeouts in a Division I game is 28. It is shared by former Northwestern pitcher Eileen Canney, who fanned 28 in an 18-inning game in 2006; and former Baylor ace Cristin Vitek, who struck out 28 in a 16-inning win in 2004.

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