Alabama beats Oregon 2-1 in WCWS, Osorio strikes out 9

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Alexis Osorio is maturing quickly.

The freshman threw a complete game, gave up three hits and struck out nine to help Alabama beat Oregon 2-1 on Saturday in a Women's College World Series elimination game.

Osorio struck out all three batters in the sixth inning and struck out the final two in the seventh to clinch the win. Osorio (22-9) recovered from a tough outing in a 5-0 loss to Michigan on Thursday.

''I thought Lexi came back bigger, better, stronger than she ever has this year, especially from Thursday night,'' Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. ''And then, I thought our defense did a really good job.''

The Crimson Tide (48-14) will play LSU in an elimination game Saturday night.

''All I can say is thank God it's not in Tiger Park,'' Alabama's Danae Hays said. ''That's a tough place to play at. But we're just excited about playing them. I was kind of disappointed this year when I didn't see them on the schedule. They're always a really fun team to play and compete against.''

Chandler Dare's single in the second inning scored two for Alabama's only runs.

''I think I made a mistake, and I missed my spot, and that ball just happened to land,'' Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins said. ''And it was unlucky, but I think I just realized if I really wanted to give my team and our offense a chance to win, I had to keep it at two runs. So I definitely just tried to limit the number of people on base and do the best I could to give our offense an opportunity.''

Hawkins, who entered the tournament with a 30-3 record, lost for the second straight game. Janie Takeda's RBI single in the third inning produced the only run for Oregon (51-8).

Oregon hasn't finished higher than third in its four World Series appearances, but Oregon coach Mike White said the program is on the right track.

''We've won three Pac-12 championships in a row, which puts us on the level playing field with Arizona and UCLA,'' he said. ''But unfortunately, we haven't found a way yet to get over the hurdle here at the big one. But that doesn't mean we didn't try.''

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