August 10, 2010

FORMER ISLANDER SLATED TO START SECOND GAME OF NPF SHOWDOWN

Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball standout pitcher Sarah Pauly of the USSSA Florida Pride is set to face Eileen Canney of the Chicago Bandits in game two of the National Pro Fastpitch Showdown. The event will be held at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock from Aug. 12-15 and will feature a starting matchup of Jennie Finch vs. Danielle Lawrie in game one.

She is currently second in the league for wins with an 11-4 record and fourth in ERA with a 2.17 mark. Her team is currently in third place - four games out of first - with 11 games left in the season.

Pauly, who played for the Islanders from 2003-05, is the all-time leader in career wins (112), appearances (197), games started (129), complete games (113), saves (18), innings pitched (1,049.2), ERA (1.14) and strikeouts (1,636). Pauly was named a Third-Team All American following her senior season in 2005 when her 37-7 record ranked her third in the NCAA for wins behind Cat Osterman of Texas and Monica Abbott of Tennessee.

In addition to her All-America recognition in 2005, she was All-Region in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She led the Islanders to three NCAA Regional appearances in her career and was one of the premier pitchers in all of college softball during her time on the Island. In 2005, she guided the Islanders to their only NCAA Regional victory with a 6-2 win over Massachusetts.

She was named the NPF Pitcher of the Year during her rookie season in 2005, when she helped lead the Stratford Brakettes to a runner-up finish in the league championship series. In 2007, she led the Washington Glory to the title in her first year with the team. The past two seasons, she has helped her team finish second in the league, in 2008 with the Glory and in 2009 with the Pride. In addition to playing in the NPF, Pauly has trained with the USA Softball National Team.