|Title:||2012 Inductee (Softball 2002-05)|
Sarah Pauly arrived on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the fall of 2001 after an outstanding high school career at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. Pauly led the Islanders to an unprecedented three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2003-2005). She was recognized as Big South Pitcher of the Year and Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player, while earning All-Conference First Team honors all three seasons. Additionally, she earned All-America recognition her senior year.
Pauly holds numerous Islanders records which may never be broken, including both single-season and career appearances, complete games, shutouts, ERA and innings pitched. Additionally, she holds records for single-season wins with 37 in 2005 as well as career wins with 112. In 2005, Pauly struck out 497 batters (288 innings pitched) and had an incredible total of 1,636 career strikeouts. Perhaps her most dominant performance in the circle was vs. Liberty on March 21, 2004, when she struck out 19 of a possible 21 batters. During her career as an Islander, she averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Island University in 2005, she joined the Connecticut Brakettes of the Women’s Major Open league. The Brakettes joined the National Professional Fast Pitch league (NPF) in 2006 and she earned NPF Pitcher of the Year and NPF Most Valuable Pitcher honors.
Pauly joined the Washington Glory for the 2007 season and led the Glory to a World Championship. The 2008 Glory team finished the season as the runner-up. In 2009, the USSSA Pride was established, bringing together a team of All-Americans. Pauly was a member of the inaugural Pride team, which captured the NPF World Championship in 2010.
After multiple NPF seasons, Pauly realized a life-long dream as yet another door opened in 2011 when she was recruited to join Team Honda in Tochiji-Moka-Chi, Japan. Pauly recently accepted the position as pitching coach here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and is working to help the team to yet another conference championship.