Youngstown State junior Sarah Dowd has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Softball First-Team, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Dowd, who carries an overall grade-point average of 3.89 in psychology, is 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 Vickie Rumph in 2012.
Dowd is now eligible to be nominated for Academic All-America honors later this month.
The Pottstown, Pa., native is batting .305 with 10 home runs, 38 runs scored and 29 runs batted in. She ranks second all-time with 28 career home runs and is the only player in school history to hit at least 10 home runs in multiple seasons.
Last season, Dowd tied the Youngstown State single-season home run record with 11.
Dowd is also batting .309 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 18 Horizon League games this season.
The Penguins conclude the 2016 regular season with a three-game series against Horizon League foe Northern Kentucky, May 6-7. First pitch for Friday's doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m.