Sarah Pauly to speak at annual First Pitch Dinner benefitting Islanders Softball

Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball great Sarah Pauly will be the guest speaker at the third annual 'The First Pitch' dinner that benefits the Islanders program.

After having nationally-recognized USA Softball member Crystal Bustos the first year and local legend Brenda Marshall in year two, Pauly combines the two aspects, having starred at the University while leading the team to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Following her collegiate career, Pauly has gone on to success in professional softball as well, playing on two National Pro Fastpitch championship teams in her career. Additionally, she has been named the NPF Player of the Year and has trained with the USA Softball program.

Pauly is a former Islanders great who pitched at the University and became one of the top pitchers in the collegiate game. As a senior, she finished with a 37-7 record and a 0.56 ERA. Her win total was the third-highest in the nation while her ERA was good for fourth in the NCAA. She was also second in strikeout ratio with 12.08 per seven innings and was third in strikeouts with 497 during the year.

She finished her career with a 112-46 record and is third in NCAA history with a strikeout ratio of 11.6 per seven innings. She is also ninth in career strikeouts with 1,370 in just three seasons, as the team was a provisional Division I member her freshman year.

Teresa Flores, the First Pitch Dinner coordinator, is excited about the opportunity Pauly brings for both the local community and the Islanders players to hear from one of the top softball players in the game today.

"It's a great thing for our program, we've been trying to get her for the past three years, but we haven't been able to make it happen," said Flores. "We get an Islanders legend coming back that is still doing amazing things out in the softball world.

"Not only will it be a great opportunity for the community, but also for our softball girls to be proud of and to look up to. The community will take away something special from what she has to say, and so will our girls. I think it's a great thing all around."

The dinner will be held on February 11, 2011 with a 7:30 p.m. start at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach. Ticket prices are $30 for an individual or $250 for a table. For tickets or more information, contact Flores at teresa.flores@tamucc.edu.