July 10, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Following the completion of her first season at East Carolina, rising senior Gabby Andino has accepted an invitation to train with the Puerto Rico national softball team.
Including Andino, twenty players will vie for 16 roster spots July 21 through August 4 at a camp in Puerto Rico. A large number of the players that will attend currently play at NCAA Division I college softball programs such as UCLA, Syracuse, South Florida and FIU. The Newport News, Va., native is the only left-handed pitcher invited to the camp and has been asked to play in the outfield as well.
“It’s a great honor not only for myself, but for my family and East Carolina University,” Andino said. “It means a lot to me because my parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. It’s a great opportunity to play against some of the world’s best teams and prepare myself as I head into my final year of college.”
The final 16 players selected will then travel to Toronto, Canada August 6-10 for an exhibition tournament. The team will then continue on to the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Softball Championships, which will take place August 15-24 in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
After transferring to ECU from Florida State College, Andino appeared in 11 games for the Pirates in 2014 and made nine total starts – three of which came as the starting pitcher. She logged 16 innings in the circle, allowing 12 hits and recording 11 strikeouts. As a utility, she made nine starts and batted .381 (8-for-21) with four doubles and seven RBI while slugging .571.