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Mattie Fowler
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Mattie Fowler 758558
Position: Infielder
Height: 5'9"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Canyon del Oro
Club: AZ Desert Thunder

Career Honors & Awards

  • Three-Time Co-Captain (2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • Two-Time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2013, 2014)
  • Three-Time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2013)
  • Eight-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)

2015 Season Highlights

  • Started 36 of Nebraska's 58 games, all at first base
  • Hit a career-high .312
  • Owned seven multi-hit games
  • Recorded her most recent multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 day and two RBIs in the regular-season final vs. Illinois on May 3
  • Produced most recent multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 effort vs. Drake on April 28
  • Tied her career high with three hits as part of a 3-for-4 day in game two at Ohio State on April 4
  • Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs vs. Michigan State on March 21
  • Hit her first double of the season and drove in two runs vs. DePaul on March 14
  • Went 2-for-4 vs. Boise State on March 13, producing her 100th career hit
  • Went 3-for-6 with two RBIs in three games at teh Shocker Invitational March 7 & 8
  • Produced her first multi-RBI game with two RBIs vs. South Dakota on March 8
  • Produced back-to-back two-hit games against No. 10 Tennessee (Feb. 21) and Oregon State (Feb. 22)
  • Tied her career high with two runs scored vs. UTSA on Feb. 8

Medical Hardship [2014]   
Mattie Fowler started Nebraska’s first 11 games at first base in 2014, before suffering an injury against Arizona on Feb. 21. The injury required season-ending surgery, but Fowler was granted a medical hardship following the 2014 season, giving her two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Although she only played in 11 games, 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. Following her season-ending surgery, Fowler continued to serve a key leadership role for the Huskers in her second straight season as co-captain, helping NU win its second straight NCAA Regional title.

Although her playing time was limited, Fowler continued to be one of Nebraska’s top all-around student-athletes. 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.

Sophomore Season [2013]
As a sophomore co-captain in 2013, Fowler played a key leadership role in helping a young Husker squad to the seventh Women’s College World Series appearance in school history. A Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, Fowler batted .236 with three doubles, four home runs and 21 RBIs. After starting every game as a freshman, Fowler started 53 games as a sophomore, as she was limited early in the season while continuing to recover from offseason knee surgery that left her less than full strength for her entire sophomore campaign. All 53 of Fowler’s starts came at first base, after she was Nebraska’s primary starting shortstop as a freshman in 2012.

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 [2012]
Fowler made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2012, starting all 55 games for the Huskers. One of only three players to start every game for NU in 2012 – and the only underclassmen – Fowler began the year as the starting third baseman before moving to shortstop. She started the final 49 games at short and made five starts at third base and one early-season start in the circle, before focusing exclusively on her hitting and defense.

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.

Before Nebraska
Fowler was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Arizona following her senior season at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., when she was also one of 10 national finalists for the MaxPreps National Player-of-the-Year award, in addition to earning first-team All-America honors from the organization. Fowler was also one of 30 players nationally selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America game.

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.

Mattie Leigh Fowler is the daughter of Lance and Kelly Fowler and was born on March 25, 1993, in Tucson, Ariz. Mattie’s sister Kenzie was a two-time All-America pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats, while Mattie’s parents both coached her travel team, the AZ Desert Thunder, and her mother coached her high school team. Mattie earned her degree in finance in May of 2015. She is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, in addition to earning a trio of academic All-Big Ten accolades. A two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, Fowler has been a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of her eight semesters. She was also selected to receive a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013 and earned a spot on the 2014 and 2015 Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams. Fowler also served on Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2013-14, and she was elected the organization’s president for the 2014-15 academic year.

































































































Note: Fowler was awarded a medical hardship for the 2014 season and granted a fifth year of eligibility.
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