Arissa Paulson
Pitcher First Base 10
Last School
Payson High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Amy and Toby
  • Has four siblings: two brothers and two sisters
  • Older sister Arianna  played softball at BYU and younger sister Aubrielle is currently on the team
  • Her older brother Sterling was on the BYU rugby team from 2012-14
  • Her great-grandfather played professional football for Washington Redskins and her father played college football
  • Major is exercise science

Before BYU

  • Right-handed pitcher from Payson High School, spent senior year at Brightmont Academy
  • Led Payson HS to the Division III State Championship game in 2014
  • In 2014, struck out 375 batters in 170 innings pitched, allowing just 64 hits and 19 walks enroute to 18 shutouts with six no-hitters
  • Named Arizona Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for 2014-15
  • Division III Section V Player of the Year along with earning First Team honors
  • AZcentral Sports' 2015 Softball Small Schools Player of the Year
  • Four-year letterwinner in softball
  • Max Preps 2015 Arizona Small Schools Player of the Year
  • Played club softball for Firecrackers 18 Gold Blanco
  • Lettered in basketball for three seasons and in soccer for two seasons
  • Volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a youth softball and soccer coach
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2017

  • Finished a strong freshman campaign with an 11-3 record with a 2.81 ERA
  • Won her first game against Sacramento State
  • WCC Pitcher of the Week (3/13)
  • Notched 8 strikeouts at LMU
  • Pitched first career complete-game shutout vs. Pacific
  • Gave up just one hit in a shutout vs. SUU
  • Career-high 9 strikeouts against UVU
Sophmore Year 2019

  • Named WCC Pitcher of the Year
  • Named Preseason All-WCC First Team
  • Named All-WCC First Team
  • Named NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team
  • Named College Sports Madness Conference Pitcher of the Week
  • Played in 39 games as a pitcher or at first base including 37 starts
  • Pitched 15 complete games, starting 28 games with four shutouts
  • Finished the season with BYU all-time career records at No. 6 complete games (31) and strikeouts/7 innings (5.74), No. 7 in shutouts (9) and opponent batting average (.235), No. 8 in strikeouts (280) and consecutive scoreless innings (20) and No. 10 in wins (33). 
  • Led the team in wins (15), innings pitched (163.1) and strikeouts (120) and lowest opponent batting average
  • Ranked No. 3 in shutouts (4), No. 5 in strikeeouts (120) and wins (15) among all sophomores in BYU history
  • Pitched 6.1 innings with only two earned runs while also going 2 for 3 with one RBI against No. 18 Baylor (2/7)
  • Tied career-high of nine strikeouts against UC Davis (2/15)
  • Doubled against Nebraska (2/21)
  • Pitched a complete game against San Jose State giving up only two earned runs and one walk (3/1)
  • Went 2 for 4 at LBSU recording two RBI (3/7)
  • Struck out nine batter for the second time this season  with no runs against RMU (3/7)
  • Had three strikeouts against BU while hitting her first homer of the season (3/8)
  • Pitched six innings against No. 6 Tennessee with no runs (3/16)
  • Had no earned runs with only one walk and four strikeouts pitching against UVU (3/27)
  • No earned runs in back-to-back games at UVU and UTSA
  • Named WCC Pitcher of the Week back-to-back times (4/1, 4/8)
  • Went 2 for 4 with one run, one double, and one RBI at SUU (4/2)
  • Career-high 11 strikeouts at LMU while also going 2 for 4 at the plate scoring two runs and one RBI (4/6)
  • Hit a gram slam against Pacific (4/12)
  • Went 2-0 against Pacific with 11 strikeouts including only having one run on two hits with no walks (4/13)
  • Was 2 for 2 against No. 3 Washington (4/17)
  • Had back-to-back shutouts against SUU and USD
  • Struck out seven batters against USD, allowing one run (4/27)
  • Named WCC Pitcher of the Week (4/29)
  • Pitched a shutout against Saint Mary's while going 1 for 2 at the plate with a home run, a walk and two RBI (5/3)
  • Went 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBI against Arkansas at the NCAA Regional (5/17)
Junior Year 2020

  • Named WCC Pre-Season First Team
  • Played and started 17 games before the season was suspended after only 23 games
  • Finished the season with a 5-3 overall pitching record in 12 appearances with nine starts while tossing three complete games with one shutout and one combined shutout
  • Led the team in strikeouts with 42 through 52.0 innings pitched
  • Finished the season with BYU all-time career records at No. 5 in starts (69), No. 6 in complete games (34), shutouts (10), innings pitched (393.1), strikeouts per seven innings (5.73), No. 7 in opponent batting average (.239), strikeouts (322), strikeouts looking (75), No. 9 in wins (38), appearances (81), No. 12 in walks per seven innings (3.35) and No. 13 in ERA (2.87)
  • Earned start and win of the season against Nevada tossing a 7.0 inning complete game with only one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts (2/6)
  • Threw a seven-inning one-hit shutout, striking out a team season-high of nine batters while holding batters to a 0.050 batting average against San Diego (2/13)
  • Went a perfect 3/3  at the plate for the first time in a collegiate career with one run, one double and one walk against Cal State Fullerton (2/15)
  • Struck out seven batters in four innings against No. 25 Fresno State (3/5)
  • Closed out the game against East Carolina, throwing two innings allowing no runs, no walks with only one hit while striking out three batters (3/7)
Senior Year 2021

  • All-WCC Honorable Mention
  • WCC Pitcher & Player of the Week, a first in WCC history (3/30)
  • Appeared in 23 games, starting 17 of them
  • Posted a 12-4 record with a 3.77 ERA and 86 strikeouts
  • Finished the season with a .250 batting average, .402 slugging percentage and .282 on-base percentage
  • Recorded 28 hits, 10 runs, four home runs and 23 RBI
  • Six multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI games
  • 10-game hitting streak, tied for a team best
  • 10-game reached base streak
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2018

Medical Redshirt Year 2018

  • Played in 17 games and started 15 before sustaining an injury
  • In the first game of the season, pitched a complete game in win over Stanford (2/8)
  • WCC Pitcher of the Week (2/19)
  • Pitched three shutouts against FIU, CSUN and Northwestern

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