Odicci Alexander had a Ladies’s Faculty World Sequence (WCWS) to recollect. The James Madison College (JMU) pitcher threw 64.2 innings because the underdog Dukes made a dream run by way of school softball’s championship match, defeating 4 groups within the prime 10 and one group within the prime 25 and changing into the primary non-seeded group to ever begin the WCWS 2-0.
Alexander put the group on her again all through the match, posting a 2.92 ERA (earned run common) with 66 strikeouts that ranked second within the match. The efficiency that basically put Alexander and JMU on the map was a surprising upset of No. 1-ranked Oklahoma within the first spherical of the WCWS, sending the Dukes to the winners’ bracket, the place Alexander subsequently held No. 5 Oklahoma State to at least one run in a 2-1 victory. In that sport, Alexander shone defensively as effectively, fielding a bunt and diving to tag out a runner at residence to protect the Dukes’ lead. Then JMU as soon as once more confronted off with Oklahoma, who had superior by way of the losers’ bracket after the primary spherical loss. The Dukes dropped the primary sport, forcing an elimination sport by which Alexander and JMU could not fairly fairly pull off the final miracle.
Regardless of the exit, JMU’s unimaginable run and Alexander’s transcendent efficiency took the softball world by storm. When she left the ultimate sport within the sixth inning, it was to a standing ovation — from a crowd comprised of principally Oklahoma followers, who crammed the Sooners’ residence stadium. “Lots of people did not actually assume that we might do that,” Alexander mentioned in a postgame press convention. “However we believed in ourselves. We stayed inside ourselves, and we fought.”
It was Alexander’s remaining outing for JMU, and the senior has left her mark. Even earlier than her WCWS heroics, Alexander was named the Colonial Athletic Affiliation’s 2021 Pitcher of the Year and secured a Rookie of the Yr award in her freshman 12 months, together with two Participant of the Yr awards. After 139 profession video games with JMU, Alexander has constructed a legacy that school softball followers will not quickly neglect. Take a look at highlights of her unimaginable efficiency forward.