Career Honors & Awards
Junior Season 
Although she only played in 11 games in 2014, Fowler made an impact. She batted .357 in her limited action, collecting 10 hits in 28 at bats. She added one double, four runs and five RBIs. Fowler also drew four walks to post a .441 on-base percentage, and she hit safely in eight of her 11 games. Fowler began the year with a 1-for-3 effort against UTEP that included two RBIs, her only multi-RBI game of the season. In her final full game before her injury, Fowler went 3-for-4 against 12th-ranked Texas A&M.
Following her season-ending surgery, Fowler continued to serve a key leadership role for the Huskers in her second straight season as co-captain. Her efforts helped Nebraska capture an NCAA Regional title for the second consecutive year.
Although her playing time on the field was limited due to her injury, Fowler continued to be one of Nebraska’s top all-around student-athletes as a junior. She earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second straight season and was named to the academic All-Big Ten team for the second year in a row. She was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a member of Nebraska’s Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Fowler also served on NU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2013-14, and she was elected the organization’s president for the 2014-15 academic year.
Sophomore Season 
Fowler produced nine multi-hit games and five multi-RBI efforts in 2013. Despite limited practice time during her continued recovery from knee surgery, Fowler produced two hits, a double and an RBI in her first start of the season at New Mexico State in the second game of the year. She added two more multi-hit games in the season’s opening month, including a pair of RBIs against Maryland. Fowler hit safely in nine of her first 11 games in the month of March, batting .400 (14-for-35) during that stretch with two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs scored. Fowler’s lone perfect day at the plate came during a 3-for-3 performance in game one of a doubleheader with Minnesota in April, two days after she drove in two runs in a win over Wisconsin.
Fowler once again had a penchant for coming through in the clutch for Nebraska in 2013, producing five game-winning RBIs among her many timely hits. She went 2-for-3 against UNO on March 19, including a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning that turned a one-run deficit into a Husker victory. She then hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning three days later in the Big Ten opener against Northwestern, a game Nebraska went on to win in eight innings. A solo home run at Creighton in the first game of April helped ignite a Husker comeback from a two-run deficit. In the postseason, Fowler produced the game-winning RBI in a Big Ten Tournament victory over Purdue, and she added a critical insurance run with an RBI single in the Huskers’ 4-2 win in game three of the NCAA Super Regional at No. 3 Oregon, a victory that clinched Nebraska’s berth in the WCWS.
Defensively, Fowler fared well in her first season at first base. She committed only five errors in 427 chances, posting a .988 fielding percentage. Fowler’s 404 putouts ranked 10th in school history.
Freshman Season 
Fowler improved throughout her freshman season and finished with a .248 batting average that included five doubles, one triple, five home runs and 27 RBIs. She recorded eight multi-hit games and six multi-RBI efforts, proving to be a clutch hitter despite her freshman status. Fowler produced five game-winning hits in her rookie campaign, including driving in the game-winning run in five of Nebraska’s 14 Big Ten Conference victories. Fowler was especially clutch in the eighth inning, leading the Huskers to a perfect 3-0 record in extra-inning contests. She lifted Nebraska to a pair of one-run, eight-inning victories at Minnesota and Ohio State by producing an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning in both wins. In Nebraska’s other extra-inning win at UNO, Fowler singled and scored the game-winning run in the Huskers’ 1-0 eight-inning victory. On the year, Fowler hit .011 higher with runners in scoring position, and she produced 11 of her 27 RBIs with two outs.
After earning Arizona Gatorade Player-of-the-Year honors in her senior season of high school, Fowler’s college career got off to a slow start in her opening weekend as she dealt with a position change, while also taking on a pitching role. After settling in at her natural position of shortstop and focusing only on that position, Fowler flourished in the second weekend of her career. In five games in New Mexico, Fowler went 7-for-15 with three doubles, a home run, two walks, four runs scored and eight RBIs. She excelled in two games against 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier New Mexico State, finishing 5-for-6 with three doubles, a home run, six RBIs and four runs scored in two games against the Aggies. In the final game of the weekend, Fowler went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a home run and four RBIs against NMSU. She established career highs in hits, RBIs and runs in that game, while her home run was a walk-off, three-run shot that wrapped up NU’s 10-2, five-inning run-rule victory.
Defensively, Fowler posted a .921 fielding percentage, committing 13 errors. She also made one appearance in the circle, starting against Idaho State in the third game of the season, allowing four runs on four hits in 2.0 innings. She walked four and struck out two, but did not factor into the decision as NU run-ruled the Bengals, 12-4 in five innings.
Fowler was a four-year starter for the Dorados, coached by her mother Kelly. Mattie helped lead Canyon del Oro to three state championships in her four-year career. She was a four-time all-conference performer and a three-time all-state selection. In her final season, Fowler was named a unanimous first-team all-state selection and was named the state’s player of the year.
As a senior, Fowler did it all for Canyon del Oro, which finished its state championship season with a 36-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking. In her fourth season as the starting shortstop, Fowler batted .569 with 17 home runs, 22 doubles, 49 runs scored and 91 RBIs in only 37 games. The 91 RBIs were a state record and the 17 home runs and 22 doubles were both school records, as Fowler ended her career as the Dorados’ all-time leader in doubles, home runs and RBIs. According to MaxPreps, Fowler led all high school players nationally in RBIs and ranked ninth in homers.
Fowler also pitched for Canyon del Oro in 2011. Stepping into the circle for the first time since middle school, she posted a 14-0 record with a 0.85 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 82.0 innings.
As a junior, Fowler batted .490 (51-for-104) while leading the Dorados to a 25-7 record and a trip to the state semifinals. Nearly half of her hits went for extra bases, as she set a then-school record with 17 doubles. Fowler also added one triple, three home runs, 38 RBIs, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases.
Fowler started as both a freshman and a sophomore on back-to-back Class 4A state championship teams. She was a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore.
Fowler was also a standout in the classroom and in the community. She was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and ranked in the top five percent of her graduating class of nearly 500 students. In addition to volunteering in the community, Fowler served her school as vice president of the Interscholastic Leadership Council, while also being a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club.
Fowler played club ball for her parents with the AZ Desert Thunder, placing in the top 25 at the ASA Gold National Championship every year from 2006 to 2011, including two top-10 finishes.