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SEC TOURNAMENT - QUARTERFINAL AT KNOXVILLE TN

Tide beat Aggies 2-1 in extra innings

135 days ago
SEC Network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama freshman Bailey Hemphill launched a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th to beat No. 4 seed Texas A&M 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 SEC Softball Tournament.

Alabama pitcher Alexis Osorio said Hemphill called the hit before it even happened.

"She came over to me when we were getting water together and she told me she was going to get a hit for me," said Osorio. "I'm just so happy for her."

Hemphill said she just wanted to do her part to support her hard-working pitcher.

"Alexis had been pitching her butt off this whole game," said Hemphill. "So I said, 'I'm going to do something for you. I'm going to get you a hit.' I didn't expect it to be a home run. I was just looking for a base hit and it turned out, lucked out to be a home run."

This was Hemphill's second HR in as many games in the SEC Tournament and her eighth on the season.

Osorio (21-7) held the Aggies to just two hits over ten innings, striking out 15 batters, the single-game record in SEC Tournament history. Osorio also became the fifth pitcher in Alabama history to eclipse the 300-plus single-season strikeout mark.

"I think my main goal for this game was to attack the strike zone," said Osorio. "I know I have been struggling this season with walking people but my main goal was to attack the strike zone and get ahead of the batters."

Texas A&M is 0-4 in SEC Tournament history since joining the league in 2012.

Texas A&M and Alabama entered the quarterfinals with two of the strongest defenses in the SEC. Both teams ranked in the top five in runs and hits allowed, ERA and fielding percentage during the regular season.

Alabama's two flashes of offense, a Marisa Runyon RBI single in the third and Hemphill's solo home run was just enough to get past the Aggies. Outside of those two plays, Texas A&M's defense did its job, holding the Tide hitless over a six-inning stretch, from the fourth through the ninth.

This was the sixth SEC Tournament game to go 10 innings, tying the record for longest game by innings.

UP NEXT: Alabama will play No. 8 seed Ole Miss in the semifinals. The first pitch is scheduled this Friday at 3 pm ET on ESPNU.