Sarah Dowd Named CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team

Sarah Dowd
Sarah Dowd

CoSIDA Release

Austin, Texas -- Youngstown State junior softball player Sarah Dowd has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Third-Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

Dowd, who majored in psychology, graduated in just three years with a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average. She had a 3.89 grade-point average and posted a 4.0 GPA in 2016 spring semester to boost her overall average.

She is just the second Youngstown State softball player to earn academic all-America honors and the second in the last five years. The last YSU softball player named academic all-American was Vickie Rumph, who was named to the third-team in 2012.

Overall, Dowd is the 18th Youngstown State student-athlete to be awarded this honor and the 20th all-American selection. Drew Dosch (2012, 2013) and Aaron Merrill (2009, 2010) are two-time honorees.

Earlier this month, Dowd was named CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team. She was the sixth Youngstown State softball player to earn academic all-district honors and the fourth honoree since 2011. The last softball player to earn first-team all-district accolades was Rumph in 2012.

Dowd was named All-Horizon League Second-Team for the third straight season and batted .305 with 42 runs scored, 11 home runs, seven doubles, 35 RBIs and a .554 slugging percentage. Her 11 home runs are tied for third on the single season list. She also became the first player in school history to hit more than 10 home runs in consecutive seasons. Dowd also hit 11 homers in 2015. 

The school's all-time leader with four career grand slams, Dowd ranks tied for second all-time with 29 career home runs, fourth with 113 runs, tied for fifth with a .536 slugging percentage and tied for seventh with 97 runs batted in.

Dowd also owns a career batting average of .301 and needs 56 more hits to become the sixth player in school history to reach the 200-hit plateau.