Alexis Osorio never intended on leaving the west coast. The furthest she was willing to go was one state away, to attend college and play softball. Alabama looked to be completely out of the picture itself as a destination, as her lone trip to the state had been a disaster. Her softball team had made it to the nationals in her first visit to the state in Auburn.
Alabama softball played two games on Saturday and collected just three runs on nine hits. That is not a winning formula against a top-10 team, like the No. 7 Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Tennessee (40-8, 10-7 SEC) won the first ballgame over Alabama (27-15, 7-10 SEC) 1-0 in a pitchers duel.
In a game which Alabama (27-13, 7-8 SEC) was without its second leading hitter, Bailey Hemphill, Gabby Callaway went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning to extend Alabama’s lead to 4-1.
As a pinch hitter, Danielle Romanello broke up Osorio’s no-hitter in the top of the fourth with a two-run double to tie the game. In the sixth, she hit a home run to give Florida (34-6, 9-3 SEC) the lead and the series win, 3-2. She had the only two hits for Florida on the night, but she made them count.
The Alabama offense went cold against Florida on Saturday afternoon at Rhoades Stadium, in its 6-1 loss to No. 4 Florida. Florida (33-5, 8-2 SEC) opened the first inning loading the bases against Alabama (24-10, 5-5 SEC) starter Alexis Osorio. The Gators scored two runs in the inning and never looked back.
Sydney Booker was never going to entertain the idea of accepting a softball scholarship at Auburn. She wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, David Booker, and play at Alabama.