Battle of two 4-0 teams in Florida goes to the Eagles
2010: Started every game at second base ... Started all 215 games Northwestern played during her career at second base ... Top-10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Lowe's All-Senior All-America second team ... All-Big Ten second-team selection ... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V second team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Finished her career ranked second in school history in runs (149) and third in home runs (53), RBIs (168), doubles (39) and total bases (391) ... Doubled and scored twice against Cal State Northridge (2/12) ... Clubbed a two-run home run and scored twice versus Cal State Fullerton (2/12) ... Went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and two runs scored against Utah (2/21) ... Clubbed a solo home run against No. 10 Stanford (2/26) ... Was 2-for-4 with an RBI against UC Davis (2/28) ... Had a solo home run against Pacific (3/7) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run against Ball State (3/19) ... Walked twice, stole her first base of the season and scored twice at SIU-Edwardsville (3/23) ... Finished 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored at Northern Illinois (3/25) ... Hit a game-winning solo home run in the sixth inning of a 4-3 victory over Purdue (3/27) ... In game two against the Boilermakers, finished 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs scored (3/28) ... Had an RBI double, walked and stole a base at Iowa (4/7) ... Hit a solo home run at No. 6 Alabama (4/11) ... Went a combined 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in a doubleheader against Minnesota (4/14) ... Was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs in the first game of a doubleheader at Michigan State (4/21) ... Finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs and the 49th and 50th home runs of her career in game two, becoming the third Wildcat in program history with 50 career homers ... Doubled and homered at Indiana (4/24) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 26 ... Hit by a pitch twice and scored twice versus Penn State (5/2) ... Had a huge Senior Day, hitting a grand slam, a solo home run and a single to finish 3-for-4 with a career-best five RBIs and three runs scored against Wisconsin (5/9).
2009: Started every game at second base ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection ... All-Big Ten third-team member ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Drove in two runs to account for the winning margin in NU's 3-1 win over No. 7 Arizona (2/7) ... Hit the 30th home run of her career and scored twice on 2/7 against Kansas ... Hit a two-run home run against Hawaii then hit another two-run bomb later that night against No. 4 UCLA (2/13) ... Was 2-for-4 versus Oregon before going 2-for-3 with a double against Southern Utah (2/14) ... Hit a two-run home run against Oregon State (2/20) ... Started a four-run, sixth-inning rally with a two-out, two-run single in a come-from-behind win over Nebraska (2/22) ... Clubbed a two-run first-inning homer against Hofstra (2/28) ... Notched an RBI single in a 6-5 win over No. 8 Michigan (3/21) ... Hit a two-run home run and scored twice at Penn State (3/29) ... Went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and five runs scored during a doubleheader against Michigan State (4/1) ... Was 3-for-3 with a double and two home runs in the first game before going 1-for-2 in the second ... Continued her torrid hitting in an April 4 doubleheader versus Indiana, going 3-for-3 with a home run in two games ... Hit that homer onto the roof of McGaw Hall in game one, marking on the second time a ball has reached the roof of the basketball arena beyond left in Sharon J. Drysdale Field history ... Went a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game of a doubleheader at Minnesota (4/8) ... Walked twice and scored twice in the second game of a doubleheader with No. 23 Iowa (4/15) ... Went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI at Loyola (Chicago) (4/16) ... Clubbed a go-ahead, solo home run against Northern Illinois (4/22) ... Was 1-for-2, walking twice and scoring three times in a win over No. 19 DePaul (4/28) ... Finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against No. 11 Ohio State (5/2).
2008: Started every game at second base ... Member of the top-50 watch list for the USA Softball Player of the Year award ... First-team NFCA All-Region ... Second-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Batted .500 (7-for-14) with six RBIs and seven runs scored in four games at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic ... Was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a steal against No. 3 Texas A&M (2/15) ... Finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs and a home run in NU's win over No. 1 Arizona (2/16) ... Was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Nebraska (2/17) ... Doubled and hit a three-run, sixth-inning home run to give NU a come-from-behind win over No. 6 LSU (2/23) ... Was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI against No. 11 UCLA (2/24) ... Finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a game-ending two-run home run against Western Illinois (3/2) ... Clubbed a two-run double against Wisconsin (3/28) ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a sacrifice fly in a come-from-behind, 17-8 (6) win over Minnesota (3/30) ... Hit an RBI double against Loyola (Chicago) on 4/3 ... Hit a solo home run in the second game of a doubleheader at No. 24 Ohio State (4/6) ... Went 3-for-4 with a career-best three runs scored and a solo homer at Illinois (4/12) ... Finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI versus Notre Dame (4/15) ... Doubled, homered, drove in two runs and scored twice against Indiana (4/18) ... Hit a two-run single in game two versus the Hoosiers (4/19) ... Doubled and homered again with two runs and two RBIs in a game with Purdue (4/20) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 21 ... Hit two home runs, driving in three and scoring twice against Illinois-Chicago (4/22) ... Hit two solo home runs, including a game-winner in the seventh inning, in a 6-5 victory at Penn State (4/26) ... Was 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader at No. 6 Michigan (4/27) ... Clubbed a solo home run in the second game versus the Wolverines (4/27) ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against No. 20 DePaul (4/29) ... Batted a perfect 1.000 (5-for-5) in NU's series against Michigan State, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and two walks in the first game (5/3) before finishing 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs in game two (5/4) ... Clubbed a two-run double against Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament (5/8) ... Launched two solo home runs in NU's win over Western Illinois in the NCAA Regional (5/16).
2007: Started every game at second base ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... First-team NFCA All-Mideast Region ... First-team All-Big Ten ... Tied the Northwestern freshman record for home runs with 14 ... Had 62 RBIs, NU's freshman record and the second-best total in school single-season history ... Had a 13-game hitting streak from March 18 to April 3 ... First-career hit drove in the game-tying run in the eighth inning of a win over No. 21 Fresno State (2/9) ... Hit a seventh-inning solo home run against No. 8 Stanford (2/10) ... Went 2-for-4 versus No. 1 Arizona (2/10) ... Hit an RBI double and scored a run against No. 12 UCLA (2/25) ... Was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored against No. 9 Stanford (3/3) ... Hit a two-run, bases-loaded, eighth-inning double to break up a scoreless game against No. 11 Oregon State (3/3) in an eventual 4-0 NU win ... Was 1-for-3 with a steal and three RBIs against Western Illinois (3/16) ... Homered, drove in three and scored twice against Columbia College (3/18) ... Hit a two-run home run in NU's 5-3 win against Saint Louis (3/20) ... Was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Liberty (3/25) ... Went 2-for-3 with a two-run double against No. 10 Michigan (3/30) ... Finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader against Michigan State (4/1) ... Then clubbed two homers and drove in four more runs in the second game of the double-dip (4/1) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week after the first weekend of conference play ... Hit two doubles and went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a steal against Indiana in the first game of a doubleheader (4/8) ... Clubbed a solo home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Penn State (4/15) ... Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game of the double-dip ... Was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and two steals at Minnesota (4/22) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs, two runs and a steal at Notre Dame (4/24) ... Hit three homers in NU's final Big Ten weekend ... Clubbed a solo shot on 4/27 against Iowa, then hit a two-run homer versus Iowa on 4/28 ... Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader against Illinois (4/29) before hitting a two-run homer in the second game ... Blasted two solo home runs in the second game of a doubleheader against No. 14 DePaul (5/3) ... Went 1-for-3 with a run scored and her first-career intentional walk in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament against No. 10 Michigan (5/11) ... Finished 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Wright State in the NCAA Regional (5/18) ... Hit a two-run single in the NCAA Regional championship game against Illinois State (5/20) ... Clubbed two solo home runs in the clinching game against South Carolina in the NCAA Super Regional (5/26) ... Doubled at the Women's College World Series against No. 11 Washington (6/1) ... Hit a solo home run against No. 7 Baylor at the WCWS (6/2).
High School: Holds school's single-season record with a .496 batting average ... Career average was .460 ... MSL All-Conference selection and All-Area captain ... Pioneer Press Great Northwest team captain ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Area second-team ... Chicago Tribune All-State second-team ... Illinois Coaches Association All-State second-team ... Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Week ... Team broke the school record for wins in each of her last three seasons ... Also a four-year letterwinner in basketball ... Two-time All-State selection ... School's career-leader in steals and points ... Named MSL Most-Valuable Player, All-Conference and all-area ... National Honor Society member ... All-Academic team selection in every year of high school.
Personal: Born Nicole T. Pauly ... Daughter of Nick and Jackie Pauly ... Father played college hockey ... Volunteers with a U-12 girl's softball program in the summer ... Chose Northwestern over Illinois and Loyola (Chicago) ... Majoring in human development and psychological services.