Megan Dowdy: Racing into the record books

Luke Weishaar

Breaking records seems to come naturally to Megan Dowdy, a junior from Fairhope, Alabama.

In the 2014 season, Dowdy set the school record mark for hits (67) and stolen bases (22), while tying the single-season record with 191 at-bats.Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 9.42.25 AM

On top of this, Dowdy posted an astonishing .351 batting average, the third best in Samford history. The 2015 season has proven to be another one for the books.

The season is far from over, and yet Dowdy has already shattered her own record with an impressive 74 hits. She also boasts a .440 batting average, nearly .100 better than the year before. The surprising part is, Dowdy had no idea this was going to happen a few months ago.

“I can’t say that I had a goal to break any records that I broke last year. That wasn’t really something I was thinking of at the beginning of the season,” Dowdy said. “I was just trying to get a base hit a game. That’s what [head coach Mandy Burford] always talks about, is at least getting on once a game, giving your team the best chance to win,” she said.

Success doesn’t come overnight for anyone, and Dowdy is no exception. Over her first two years playing softball at Samford, Dowdy started in 104 games. This experience on the field has been key to her success.

“I think what I took from those years was experience. I had to learn more things about myself,” Dowdy said. “I tried to see how confident I could be in myself when I am up to bat, and I think that has made the most difference.”

She also attributes her success to her coaches and teammates.

“Having teammates who want to help you, who really do want you to succeed and coaches who want the exact same thing, that’s what makes a difference,” Dowdy said.

Even through all her personal success, Dowdy has remained focused on what’s best for her team, helping teammates achieve their goals as the program pursues its first conference title in school history.

“That’s what we are playing for, we all want to win SoCon,” she said. “The seniors deserve it. They have been through it, and that’s what we want to give to them.”

Despite all of the success, Dowdy has kept a humble attitude. She gives God and her parents credit for where she is today.

“It takes me back to me and my dad on the field and just God’s grace, Him getting me here,” Dowdy said.

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