By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

She was the talk of this year’s Women’s College World Series. Odicci Alexander led James Madison University to the first appearance in school history. 

She signed a contract last week with the USSSA Pride, a pro softball team that plays against other National teams. 

Alexander made her debut at USSSA Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne Florida. 

The Softball America Pitcher of the Year threw six strong innings against Team Mexico striking out 8, giving up five runs with 3 earned. She had a no decision as she left the game with a 6-5 lead. 

Alexanders became noticed in 2019 explained by Pride GM Don DeDonatis. “We were scouting and drafting then JMU pitcher Megan Good,” said DeDonatis. “It didn’t go unnoticed that year that Odicci went 24-1 with a 1.70 ERA,178 strikeouts in 152 innings. I am happy to see that the softball world has an opportunity has an opportunity to witness firsthand what an outstanding program JMU and coach Loren LePorte have created.”  

Alexander finished with a career 81 wins, during the season she threw 1057 pitches, recording 612 strikeouts in 640 innings of work. The team had 28 straight wins in a row then defeated Oklahoma and Oklahoma state in the first two games of the WCWS.  

The DUKES finished the season with a 41-4 record the best in school history.  

Her performance earned her an ESPY nomination for the Best Female College Athlete you can vote for her at  https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/id/31631001/espys-2021-vote-best-athlete-women-sports . 

Odicci finished this year 18-3 and is headed for higher ground as a Professional.