Alexander earns national honor

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Following strong performances in the circle and at the plate, junior Odicci Alexander of James Madison softball was selected as the Week 12 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the week, as announced by USA Softball on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a great honor to receive this recognition and I’m really proud of how our team played together this week,” said Alexander. “Everyone stepped up when we needed them to and that just pushed me to perform well. Knowing that my defense and teammates have my back in the lineup is such a good feeling. I’m excited to use our success as momentum moving into our last conference series and especially into the postseason.”

In the midweek doubleheader against Virginia, Alexander had three hits including a home run while earning five strikeouts in four innings to pick up her 17th win in the circle in game one on Wednesday. Against Drexel, the Boydton native drove in one run while striking out 10 batters through five complete innings in the series opener for her sixth shutout of the season as the Dukes captured a 14-0 (five inning) win.

Continuing the momentum into the second game of the CAA series, Alexander hit two homers in a 9-4 win for the Dukes. After earning the regular-season title for the sixth consecutive season, Alexander helped the Dukes complete the series sweep with a 12-2 (five inning) victory in which Alexander hit a grand slam in the first inning. She also plated JMU’s final runs of the game with a two-run shot to left while upping her season record to 19-1 in the circle after fanning five in five-total innings.

“I’m so happy that Odicci is being nationally recognized for all of the hard work she’s been putting in,” said Head Coach Loren LaPorte. “She’s been consistent in the field and at the plate, and that’s what makes her such a key player on our team. It was fun to watch her have an explosive week at the plate while remaining strong in the circle.”

For the week, Alexander had a .500 (8-for-16) average with five home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored while amassing a 1.563 slugging percentage. From the circle, she was 3-0 and racked up 20 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.

This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Alexander.

*Portions of this release contributed by USA Softball.