James Madison’s Cinderella run to the Girls’s School World Sequence got here to an finish on Monday, however followers made certain to let Dukes pitcher Odicci Alexander understand how a lot enjoyable it was to look at her pitch.
As Alexander left the mound Monday trailing No. 1 Oklahoma 6-1 within the backside of the fifth, followers — each in JMU’s purple and gold and Oklahoma’s crimson and cream — stood on their ft to applaud the redshirt senior.
The Sooners superior to the School World Sequence finals with a 7-1 win in opposition to James Madison.
ESPN reporter Holly Rowe stated after the sport she would not be stunned if Alexander was named the Girls’s School World Sequence Most Excellent Participant. And why not?
Although her workforce will not attain the finals, Alexander helped make James Madison the story of the postseason: She threw 1,057 pitches and 64 2/3 of her workforce’s 73 innings. She pitched to a 2.92 ERA with 66 strikeouts and solely 28 walks throughout the NCAA Event run.
In her first sport at USA Softball Corridor of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma Metropolis, Okla. — a 4-3 JMU win — Odicci held the Sooners to only three runs on six hits and two walks with 9 strikeouts over eight innings. In her subsequent begin, in opposition to No. 5 Oklahoma State, she pitched the complete seven innings and held the Cowgirls to 1 run on three hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. The two-1 win in opposition to Oklahoma State made James Madison the primary unranked workforce to achieve the Girls’s School World Sequence semifinals.
Alexander finishes her profession as some of the embellished softball gamers in program historical past. She was named the CAA Pitcher of the 12 months in 2021 after being named CAA Participant of the 12 months in 2018 and ’19. For her profession, she posted an ERA under 2.40 in all 4 full seasons and racked up 712 strikeouts in 640 innings of labor, finishing 55 of the 102 video games she began. Alexander was additionally an achieved hitter, batting over .310 each season and twice racking up double-digit dwelling runs.
She departs James Madison fourth all-time in program historical past with 164 RBIs and fourth in dwelling runs at 39. She ranks third in program historical past with wins (81), second in appearances (139), third in strikeouts (712) and third in innings pitched (640).