James Madison’s Odicci Alexander Receives Standing Ovation From Oklahoma At Start Of Women’s College World Series
James Madison’s Cinderella run at the Women’s College World Series ended on Monday, but fans made sure to let Dukes pitcher Odicci Alexander know how fun it was to watch her pitch.
As Alexander left the mound on Monday behind the Oklahoma No.1 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth, fans – both in JMU purple and gold and Oklahoma crimson and cream – stood up for applaud the red top.
The Sooners advanced to the College World Series final with a 7-1 victory over James Madison.
ESPN reporter Holly Rowe said after the match that she wouldn’t be surprised if Alexander was named the Women’s College World Series MVP. And why not?
Although her team didn’t make it to the final, Alexander helped make James Madison playoff history: she pitched 1,057 shots and 64 2/3 of her team’s 73 innings. She pitched at a 2.92 ERA with 66 strikeouts and just 28 walks during the NCAA tournament run.
In his first game at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -. 4-3 JMU win – Odicci held the Sooners to just three runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over eight innings. On her next start, against the Oklahoma State No.5, she pitched all seven innings and limited the Cowgirls to one run on three hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. The 2-1 victory over Oklahoma State made James Madison the first unranked team to reach the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.
Alexander ended her career as one of the most decorated softball players in the history of the program. She was named CAA Pitcher of the Year in 2021 after being named CAA Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. For her career, she has had a less than 2.40 ERA in all four full seasons and has racked up 712 strikeouts in 640 innings of work, completing 55 of the 102 games she started. Alexander was also an accomplished hitter, hitting over .310 each season and racking up double-digit homers twice.
She leaves James Madison fourth all-time in program history with 164 RBIs and fourth in home runs at 39. She ranks third in program history with wins (81), second in appearances (139) , third in strikeouts (712) and third in innings pitched (640).