Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball great Sarah Pauly recently competed in the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Finals from August 22-23. Pauly pitched for the USSSA Pride against the Rockford Thunder as the Pride fell 2-1 in the best-of-three series.
Pauly started the first game of the series, helping her team to a 4-0 victory. She went 7.0 innings, giving up just three hits and no walks while striking out three to give the Pride a 1-0 series lead.
Following a win by the Thunder in game two against the Pride's Monica Abbott to tie the series at 1-1, Pauly came back to pitch in the final game of the championship. Pauly gave up just two runs in the game but the Pride were unable to muster any offense, falling 2-0 to end their 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 (1049.2), ERA (1.14) and strikeouts (1636). She was one of the premier pitchers in all of college softball during her time on the Island and has gone on to a successful professional career.
In addition to playing in the NPF, Pauly has trained with the USA Softball National Team. 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 season, she has helped her team finish second in the league, in 2008 with the Glory and this season with the Pride.