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Alabama softball places four on 2018 postseason SEC teams

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Four Alabama softball standouts were among those voted to the 2018 Southeastern Conference postseason awards list.

Freshman Kaylee Tow earned First Team All-SEC recognition and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team, while senior Alexis Osorio and sophomores Elissa Brown and Bailey Hemphill made the All-SEC second team.

The four honorees are the most for the Crimson Tide since 2015 and brings the program’s total to 97 in its 22-year history. Alabama has had at least one player selected to the league’s postseason team every year since its inaugural 1997 season.

Tow was one of just two freshmen on the league’s first team. She is the first Tide position player to earn first team recognition as a freshman since Kayla Braud in 2010. She is the 20th Alabama player to earn SEC All-Freshman accolades since its introduction in 2005, including six in the last four years. Tow is ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in slugging percentage (.692), walks (33), on-base percentage (.491) and home runs (11). In conference play, she is the top-rated freshman in batting average (.353), slugging percentage (.632), hits (24), walks (18) and on-base percentage (.494).

This year’s award is the third of Osorio’s career, earning first team honors as a freshman in 2015 and second team accolades last season. This season, she is 13-8 with a 2.08 ERA and 196 strikeouts over 141.2 innings pitched. Eight of her 13 wins have come in conference play, along with 101 strikeouts in 88.0 innings. She is now just 16 strikeouts away from moving into third all-time on the Alabama career record book.

This is the first career All-SEC appearance for Brown and Hemphill, who both appeared on last year’s SEC All-Freshman team. Brown is hitting .351 this season, leading the team in SEC-only play with a .365 clip. She is 26-for-30 in stolen bases, ranking sixth in the SEC. Her 10 stolen bases in SEC play is second in the conference. Hemphill has a team-leading 11 home runs and 39 RBIs. Her .702 slugging percentage in conference play only trails SEC Player of the Year Amanda Lorenz from Florida and she is among in the top 10 in walks (17), on-base percentage (.493) and RBIs (15).

This week, Alabama heads to Columbia, Mo., for the 2018 SEC Tournament. The Tide earned the league’s No. 8 seed and will open against ninth-seeded Auburn on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. CT live on SEC Network.

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