Aug. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - Unlike most coaches, Nicole Pauly, a graduate assistant softball coach at Loyola University Chicago, didn't spend her summer recruiting. Instead, she spent the summer playing for the Akron Racers of National Professional Fastpitch and the second baseman capped an outstanding season by being named to the All-NPF Team which was announced earlier this week.
During the regular season, Pauly batted .278 (32 for 115) with seven home runs, three doubles, and 20 RBI, to rank second on the team in both homers and RBI. The former Northwestern University standout totaled 11 multi-hit games this season and in an August 11 contest against the Chicago Bandits, homered twice and drove in three runs.
Pauly was locked in at the plate earlier this summer, homering in four consecutive games, June 23-30, which was part of her season-best, seven-game hitting streak. During that four-game streak with a home run, Pauly batted .417 (5 for 12) with four homers and six RBI.
In two seasons a graduate assistant coach at Loyola, Pauly has helped the Ramblers to the 2011 Horizon League regular-season championship and last spring assisted the team as it reached the title game of the Horizon League Championship for the first time since 2004.