While Sue Pape participated in field hockey, badminton, and volleyball during her career at F&M, it was her accomplishments in softball that set her apart from the other students as something special. She was, by far, the premier fast pitch softball pitcher in the MAC during her four-year career, earning team MVP three times and MAC All-Conference twice. Softball became a varsity sport at F&M in 1979 and ended its first season with a 6-6 record. Pape was the team's top hurler even though she was a rookie. She allowed 11 earned runs in 62 innings pitched, for a .18 ERA. Despite striking out 57 batters, she finished with a 4-6 record.
The next year, her record improved to 10-4 as she allowed 16 earned runs in 98 innings, for a 1.23 ERA, while striking out 70. The team had a 12-4 record and qualified for the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) regional tournament where the Diplomats were eliminated in the early rounds. The following week, the Diplomats defeated Scranton (3-2) and Upsala (4-2) to earn their first MAC championship. He junior season was her best year individually as she won 16 games while losing just three. The team posted a school record 22 wins in 26 games on the way to the MAC and EAIAW playoffs. In the process, Pape pitched 198 innings, striking out 95 batters, and allowing only 11 earned runs for a phenomenal .06 ERA, which established an F&M record that stands to this day.
Her .842 winning percentage and 95 strikeouts were also college records. Her senior year produced an 8-3 record, 1.45 ERA, and 65 strikeouts. In addition, she threw a no hitter against McDaniel that was two errors short of a perfect game. Wet weather caused many games to be canceled in the Diplomats? 9-4 season. Pape graduated in 1982 with a degree in business administration. She lives in Cranbury, N.J., and works for IBM as an internal auditor at the Information Systems Competency Center.