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#00 Megan Southworth
Position: Outfielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
City/State: Papillion, Neb.
High School: Papillion-LaVista
Club: Nebraska Gold
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Career Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient (2012-13)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award (2012, 2013)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
  • Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2011)
  • Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Selection
  • Julie Geis Memorial Scholarship Recipient (2012-13)
Career Capsule
Megan Southworth made 50 starts in her Husker career - team-high 28 games in left field as a sophomore in 2011 - while appearing in a total of 101 games. She hit .247 with seven doubles and 10 RBIs. Southworth excelled at pinch hitting, as eight of her 38 career hits were pinch hits.
    
In addition to her play on the field and her leadership role with the Huskers, Southworth was also one of Nebraska's top student-athletes during her career. She made the honor roll every semester as an undergraduate, earning her degree in four years. Southworth was a three-time academic all-conference honoree, a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and the 2012-13 Julie Geis Memorial Scholarship Recipient. Southworth also earned a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship following her career.
Senior Season [2013]
Southworth saw her playing time decrease in her senior season, but she played a key leadership role that helped Nebraska return to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in more than a decade. Southworth appeared in 12 games in 2013, making two starts in left field. She went 0-for-2 with a walk in limited time at the plate, and she also scored one run as a pinch runner.

The Huskers had to replace two starting outfielder from the 2012 season, and Southworth’s leadership helped a pair of underclassmen step into starting role. Overall, Southworth and the leadership of Nebraska’s senior class helped the Huskers seamlessly welcome a talented seven-player freshman class into the fold. That leadership paid off, as Nebraska won 45 games, tying for the fifth-most victories in school history.

Off the field, Southworth was an academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year. She was also chosen as a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

Junior Season [2012]
Southworth appeared in 19 games during her junior season, as she competed for playing time in a crowded Husker outfield that featured five returning players with starting experience, three returning all-conference performers and one freshman who was a first-team high school All-American. Southworth earned two starts in 2012, including one in left field against Cal State Northridge and one as the designated player against Texas State. She finished her junior season with four hits in 17 at bats, producing one double, one RBI and three runs scored. She added three walks and one hit-by-pitch to post a .350 on-base percentage.
    
After starting 29 games as a sophomore, Southworth was primarily a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner for the Huskers as a junior. She made nine pinch-hitting appearances and three pinch-running appearances in 2012. As a pinch hitter, Southworth went 3-for-9, while the rest of Nebraska’s roster was a combined 1-for-9 in pinch-hitting situations. Southworth produced her lone RBI of the season in her first at bat of the year, recording an RBI ground out in Nebraska’s 12-4, run-rule victory over Idaho State in the third game of the season. She added her first hit in her next at bat, while also scoring a run against Colorado State on Feb. 17. In her first start in the batting order, Southworth went 1-for-3 with her only double of the season against Texas State on March 4.
    
Defensively, Southworth caught the only ball hit to her in left field. Off the field, Southworth was the only returning Husker to earn a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award.

Sophomore Season [2011]
Southworth was Nebraska’s starting left fielder for much of the year during her sophomore season. She started 29 of the Huskers’ 55 games in 2011, including a team-high 28 starts in left field. Her other start came as NU’s designated player. Southworth posted a .276 batting average on the season with four doubles and six RBIs, doubling both totals from her freshman season. She also nearly doubled her number of runs scored from her freshman season, scoring nine times after crossing home plate five times as a freshman.

Southworth began her season on a tear to win the starting spot in left. She went 1-for-3 against top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 11 in her first action of the year at the plate. The next day, she led Nebraska’s upset of No. 18 Stanford by going 2-for-4 with a walk-off, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Southworth batted .343 (12-for-35) in the month of February with two doubles and four RBIs. She recorded five of her six multi-hit games in the first month of the season, including a 3-for-3 performance against Ohio State, where she set career highs for hits, runs (2) and RBIs (2). Southworth then opened play in March with a career-long seven-game hitting streak, going 8-for-20 during that stretch with a pair of doubles.

In conference play, Southworth started four of Nebraska’s 18 games. The highlight of her conference season came against Kansas on April 3, when she went 1-for-1 with an RBI, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly and a hit-by-pitch. She went 0-for-4 against No. 5 Texas the next weekend in what proved to be the final at bats of her season.

Defensively, Southworth was perfect in 32 chances in left field.

Freshman Season [2010]
Southworth found her way onto the field in a variety of ways as a freshman in 2010, primarily in an effort to get her bat into the lineup. She began the year as a catcher before moving to the outfield. She also competed for playing time as the designated player, as well as contributing in roles as a pinch hitter and pinch runner. In her rookie year, Southworth made nine starts in the outfield and eight as the designated player, while pinch hitting a team-high 19 times.

Southworth batted .220 in her first season at the collegiate level, adding two doubles and three RBIs in 59 at bats. Her average rose to .250 with runners on base and .263 with runners in scoring position. Southworth also collected five of Nebraska’s nine pinch hits on the season, finishing 5-for-17 as a pinch hitter with a pair of walks. She got better as the season progressed, going 4-for-14 in Big 12 play, while coaxing more walks (three) than strikeouts (two).

Before Nebraska
Southworth was a four-year starter for powerhouse Papillion-LaVista High School, earning co-captain honors as a junior and senior. She helped lead the Monarchs to a runner-up finish at the 2008 state tournament, marking the fourth championship game appearance of her career. Papillion-LaVista won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, and earned a runner-up finish in Southworth’s freshman season of 2005.

Playing in the state’s largest class, Southworth was a consensus Class A first-team all-state selection in both 2007 and 2008 and earned first-team All-Nebraska and Super-State honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. As a senior, Southworth batted .422 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBIs.

Also a standout behind the plate, Southworth hit .464 with 10 doubles, three homers and 27 RBIs as a junior in 2007. On the heels of her terrific junior campaign, Southworth was tabbed as the top player in Class A by MaxPreps.com entering the 2008 season.

As a sophomore in 2006, Southworth was a first-team all-state selection and earned second-team All-Nebraska honors. Following her freshman season, Southworth earned honorable-mention accolades for the Journal Star’s Super-State squad.

Southworth also excelled in the classroom, where she served as the junior class vice president after being the class treasurer as a sophomore. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Southworth played her summer ball for the Omaha Select, coached by her aunt and former Husker Kathy Foley, who played at NU from 1977 to 1980

Personal
Megan Marie Southworth is the daughter of Pam and Keith Southworth and was born on Feb. 17, 1991, in Orlando, Fla. Megan has one brother, Brian. Her aunt, Kathy Foley, was a Husker from 1977 to 1980. Megan majored in speech-language pathology and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2013. She also received a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship to continue her educational career.

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2010

.220

37-17

59

5

13

2

0

0

3

7

13

.313

.254

0-0

.833

2011

.276

33-29

76

9

21

4

0

0

6

2

21

.305

.329

0-1

1.000

2012

.235

19-2

17

3

4

1

0

0

1

2

3

.350

.294

0-0

1.000

2013

.000

12-2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.333

.000

0-0

.000

Total

.247

101-50

154

18

38

7

0

0

10

12

37

.314

.292

0-1

.956