The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team added depth to the pitching rotation recently as they signed Alex Hutchinson, the 2009 All-Pacific Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year from the Palomar Community College Comets. Hutchinson is an all-state and all-conference performer at Palomar in San Marcos, California and is originally from Rancho Bernardo, Calif.

The dual-threat player is a sophomore for the Comets and has been the team's leading pitcher throughout the year. Hutchinson started 19 games on the year, recording a 13-7 record in the circle while boasting an impressive 0.95 ERA in all games she appeared in. Hutchinson also threw 12 complete games and three shutouts while striking out 82 batters and walking 43 in 124.1 innings pitched.

"Alex doesn't throw exceptionally hard but she places the ball well," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She has good movement on her pitches which is important with all the good hitters we have in our league."

Hutchinson also hit .286 with five doubles, one triple and nine RBI at the plate for the Comets. Hutchinson will join the Islanders and be used primarily as a pitcher, seeing action in the batting order depending on how she fares in competition.

"She is a great athlete but will mainly be looking for her to pitch," said Schumann. "If she wins a spot in the lineup, she wins a spot but she will add quality depth to our pitching staff next season."

Hutchinson will join Addie Tallman and Elena Crabtree as the core of the Islanders pitching staff next season. Tallman was a 20-game winner this season for the Islanders and Crabtree will come in next season as a JUCO All-American that signed with TAMUCC last year.

"Every time you can say a kid from California comes to your program, you get better," said Schumann. "The softball is top notch out there and for her to have the success she has says a lot about the type of player we are going after."