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Name  Sarah Pauly

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Education  Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

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Sarah Pauly (born January 24, 1983) is an American, former collegiate All-American and retired 7-time pro All-Star, right-handed softball pitcher originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She played for the Corpus Christi Islanders from 2002-2005 and owns virtually all the pitching records. She is the Big South Conference career strikeouts, ERA, shutouts, strikeout ratio, no-hitters (9) and perfect games (2) leader in just three seasons. She joined the National Pro Fastpitch in 2006 and currently holds the records for the most innings pitched, games played and games started through her 11 seasons. She is one of five NCAA Division I pitchers to win 100 games, strikeout 1,000 batters, maintain a sub-1.00 ERA and average double digit strikeouts for her entire career.


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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders

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2002: Pauly led her team with 25 wins, 266 strikeouts, 1.63 ERA in 219.2 innings and a strikeout ratio of 8.4, all of which were school records. She earned First Team All-American Independent Colleges as the Corpus Christi Islanders finished up probationary status to enter the NCAA Division I.

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2003: Pauly threw three no-hitters (one perfect game on April 26 vs. the Centenary Ladies) to earn All-Big South honors. She set every pitching record as a full-time Division I program with her wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched and a strikeout ratio of 11.3 (all except the wins led the conference). She ranked in the top-10 for both strikeouts and strikeout ratio for the NCAA that year.

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Pauly achieved a career best 19.0 consecutive hitless innings by retiring the final batter faced in a loss to the Texas Longhorns on April 24. She then tossed back-to-back no-hitters over Centenary before starting off against the Liberty Flames with 4.2 innings before surrendering a hit. Pauly fanned 38 batters and only allowed a hit by pitch during the streak.

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2004: Again, Pauly earned all-season conference honors, adding "Pitcher of The Year". She bettered every season record she'd previously set in: wins, strikeouts, ERA, innings pitched, shutouts, all leading the conference, resulting in a conference pitching Triple Crown. She was top-5 for the season in strikeouts and strikeout ratio for the NCAA, as she had been the year previous.

On March 20, Pauly began a career best 14 consecutive game win streak in a doubleheader sweep over the Birmingham-Southern Panthers continuing to May 15 in a victory over the Winthrop Eagles to claim the Big South title. During the streak on March 21, Pauly no-hit the Liberty Flames, setting a school and career record by tallying 19 strikeouts in regulation. The total is tied third best for a single 7-inning game in the NCAA. On that day, Pauly also reached her 1,000th career strikeout with the final punch out of the game.

2005: For her final season, Pauly tossed 5 no-hitters (NCAA top-5 season record) including a perfect game, as well as repeating all-season honors, including a National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Third Team All-American selection. She broke and set her final set of records with career highs in wins, strikeouts (both conference records), ERA, shutouts, innings, WHIP and strikeout ratio (12.0), all of which again led the Big South for a second Triple Crown and ranked top-5 in the NCAA that season.

Pauly kicked off the season tossing 40.2 consecutive scoreless innings ended by Centenary in a 2-1 win on February 12. In a doubleheader with the Houston Cougars on April 2, Pauly took game one to win her 100th career victory. The Corpus Christi Islanders made their third NCAA Tournament but failed to advance past the Mississippi State Bulldogs in extra innings after managing to score their first run in three tournament appearances.

Pauly amassed an NCAA Division I record of 87-33, 1,370 strikeouts, 0.69 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 53 shutouts, 9 no-hitters, 2 perfect games and a strikeout ratio of 11.5 in 830.0 innings pitched. Naturally, she became and is the Big South queen for all those marks and ranks top-5 in wins and innings pitched. Pauly's strikeout ratio set a new NCAA career record and now stands 5th all-time; her strikeout total was 6th all-time and now is top-20; her WHIP and no-hitters are also top-10 all-time. Combined with her freshman marks when the Islanders were an Independent, Pauly's overall record reads 112-46 record, 1,636 strikeouts, 57 shutouts, 0.88 ERA in 1049.2 innings, all of which are tops for an Islander career.

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Pauly signed with the Connecticut Brakettes and made her official debut with the on June 1, 2006; Pauly had a no-hitter going before rain disrupted play and forced rescheduling. She was named "Pitcher of The Year" and led her team all the way to the Cowles Cup Championship played on August 28, 2006 in which Pauly lost 2-0, though none of her runs were earned.

In the seasons since, Pauly has made seven (2006-2008, 2010, 2013-2015) All-National Pro Fastpitch Teams with Brakettes, Washington Glory, USSSA Pride, the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Akron Racers. She also has made it to the championship game seven seasons of her career (not including 2005, 2014–16), pitching in all the games except 2010 and 2013 and of those starting all except 2007. That year she won her first Cowles Cup, her second in 2010 and her third in 2013 with the USSSA Pride. Pauly has also led the league in wins in 2010 (career high) and twice in ERA, in 2006 (career best) and 2008 respectively.

On August 8, 2015, Sarah Pauly became the first NPF pitcher to win 100 games. Pauly ranks as the all-time leader in innings pitched, games played and games started. Pauly played overseas for the 2017 season before officially retiring on August 9, 2017.


In 2007, Pauly began coaching with at Spartanburg Methodist College and mentored pitchers to a deep postseason run at the Division I NJCAA National Tournament. In 2009, she joined the Charleston Cougars staff.

Beginning with the 2012 season, Pauly returned to her alma mater to coach the Islander pitching. On January 27, Pauly was inducted in the Islanders Hall of Fame. On June 4, 2014, Pauly was named to the Big South Conference All-Decade Team.

  • NCAA Division I softball career strikeouts list
  • NCAA Division I softball career -1.00 ERAs list
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