« Softball 2008

Sara Dyer

School

University of Tulsa

Position
1st Base
AVG
.341
R
29
H
59
FLD%
.981
RBI
30

Classroom

With a 3.943 GPA as a communications and elementary education major, Dyer has won numerous academic awards both on a conference and national level. She has been a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List every semester at TU. She has also been a member of the President’s Honor Roll in all but one semester. In 2007, she was voted to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team as well as the District VI All-District First Team. She has also been named an NFCA Scholar Athlete, in addition to being a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society.

Character

Dyer was voted a team captain this year by her teammates because of her lead by example style and effective communication ability. Despite being diagnosed with biceps tendonitis, as well as shoulder problems, Dyer played the entire season and recorded the best statistics of her career. After the swelling did not clear up once the season was over, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 21. She is an athlete that could be called a “gym-rat”, always one of the first players at practice and one of the last to leave. This past summer she earned Scripps Howard Grant, an internship at a local television station. Working long hours each day preparing for a possible career as a television reporter, Dyer still found time for a work out routine of lifting and running. She also made time to hit and field with her dad to help maintain her skills.

Community

Sara has been one of the most active athletes at TU when it comes to community service projects. She has marched in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, read books at local elementary schools as part of Read Across America Day as well as mentored elementary and junior high school students as part of Shadow Day. This past September she also ran in the Race for the Cure. A member of TU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dyer has also aided the Tulsa Police Department in wrapping Christmas gifts for less fortunate families. Already a frequent guest speaker, Dyer has also been asked to speak at many clinics and team banquets.

Competition

Is TU’s first three-time first-team all-conference selection in the history of the program, in two different conferences. As a junior, Dyer set school records for doubles in a season and batting average for a single year. Her 25 doubles led the nation, while her 0.43 doubles per game average also topped the country. With a .379 batting average, she crushed the previous school record by 22 points. In addition to batting average and doubles, Dyer also set school records for runs batted in with 48 and total bases with 114. Dyer has a career .315 batting average with 163 hits and 108 RBI. Her career batting average ranks third, while her .515 career slugging percentage ranks second on TU’s career chart as does her .388 on-base percentage. With 44 career doubles, she is tied for the school record. She ranks second in RBIs and total bases, while her 16 career home runs rank fourth in school history. Dyer became TU’s first three-time first-team all-conference performer, by earning the honor both as a member of the Western Athletic Conference and Conference USA.