Alabama’s Lexi Kilfoyl Tosses a No-Hitter in 2-0 Win Over UNC
For the first time since pitching legend Alexis Osorio did it 2018, an Alabama pitcher has recorded a no-hitter.
In game one of the doubleheader with North Carolina, sophomore Lexi Kilfoyl completed the feat allowing two base runners and striking out eight in a 2-0 victory over North Carolina. Her third complete-game victory of the season, the Land O' Lakes, Florida native threw the fewest number of pitches using just 84 pitches to retire 23 Tar Heel batters.
"When we recruited her, she was at an ESPN Tournament at Disney World and the distance between home plate and the back stop was like triple the distance because she is on a baseball field. So here we are so far away and everytime she pitches it looks like she is throwing a wiffle ball," head coach Patrick Murphy said after Kilfoyl's start against LSU. "If you've thrown a wiffle ball, you know that you can get a lot of spin on it and her ball moves like crazy and obviously the more movement, the tougher it is to hit."
The movement on her pitches coupled with her accuracy led to Kilfoyl's success against North Carolina. She allowed one walk and recorded eight groundball outs, a sign that she is locked in at the circle.
Kilfoyl was just as locked in at the plate as her one-out double in the fourth inning put the game out of reach despite a quiet day at the plate for the Crimson Tide.
The rare four-hit performance did have another bright spot outside of Kilfoyl as graduate student Bailey Hemphill recorded her first home run of the season in the first inning. The long ball is No. 51 on her career moving her just nine away from the program record held by Kelly Kretschman.
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