Sarah Pauly Named to Big South Softball All-Decade Team

CORPUS CHRISTI – As part of its 30th anniversary commemoration, the Big South Conference released its All-Decade Teams, which featured All-American and current Islanders Pitching Coach, Sarah Pauly on the 2000-09 team. The Islanders softball program was a member of the Big South Conference for four years and Pauly was a big part of the Islanders' success during that time.

Pauly, who is currently in her ninth year in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, established herself as one of the top pitchers in the collegiate game during her four years as an Islander. She led the team to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2003-2005) while being named Big South Pitcher of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Pauly was also tabbed Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player and earned First Team All-Conference honors her final three years (2003-2005).

During her senior year, 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, while leading the team to the NCAA Regional in Austin. 

The Phoenix native finished her collegiate career with a 112-46 record and 1,636 career strikeouts. She is currently sixth in NCAA history with a career strikeout ratio of 11.55 per seven innings, as the team was a provisional Division I member her freshman year. 

Pauly holds numerous Islanders records, including single-season and career wins, strikeouts, appearances, games started, complete games, shutouts, ERA and innings pitched. She holds records for single-season wins with 37, set in 2005, as well as career wins with 112. In 2005, Pauly struck out 497 batters (288 innings pitched) and had an impressive total of 1,636 career strikeouts. Perhaps her most dominant performance in the circle was against 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.

She carried her success into her professional career, earning three NPF championship titles and advancing to the finals of eight championships.

Pauly became the Islanders Pitching Coach during the 2012 season and was inducted into the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Athletic Department Hall of Honor the same year.

The official All-Decade Teams for softball were determined by the Big South's voting panel of administrators and 20 percent of fan voting. The teams feature five pitchers, five outfielders, six infielders, one catcher, one utility player, one designated played (1990-99 and 2000-09 only) and one head coach.

2000-09 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM

Position – Name, School                                     Notes

P – Christine Doyle, Coastal Carolina               2-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP

P – Kelli Johnson, Winthrop                                4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year

P – Sarah Pauly, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi  All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Pitcher of the Year, 3-time Tournament MVP

P – Ashley Taylor, Radford                                 3-time All-Conference, 3-time Pitcher of the Year

P – Cari Wooldridge, Winthrop                           3-time All-Conference, 2-time Tournament MVP

OF – Kimberly Josephson, Coastal Carolina   3-time All-Conference

OF – Lisa Kingsmore, Winthrop                         All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year

OF – Ashley Smith, Radford                               3-time All-Conference

OF – Tessa Thomas, Winthrop                           4-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year

OF – Janiva Willis, Winthrop                               4-time All-Conference

INF – Meredith Hollyfield, Liberty                    2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year

INF – Sara Hostetler, Coastal Carolina            3-time All-Conference

INF – Sarah Lockett, Coastal Carolina            3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP

INF – Jessica Moore, Liberty                              All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year

INF – Stephanie Reid, Winthrop                        3-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year

INF – Kristen Shifflett, Radford                         3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year

C – Amanda Maska, Liberty                              3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year

UTL – Holly Lee, Coastal Carolina                   4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year

DP – Meagen Johnson, Coastal Carolina         All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year

Head Coach, School                                            Notes

Jess Dannelly, Coastal Carolina                         3 Championships (2000-01-06), 3 NCAA Regionals, 3-time Coach of the Year; 274-276 overall, 71-53 Big South