ABOUT MCGOWAN: Spent majority of freshman year in the outfield ... also saw duty in the infield, and as a pinch runner and pinch hitter ... contender for right field vacancy this spring after closing out last year holding down that spot ... letterwinner.
2011: Appeared in 45 of 53 games with 36 starts ... drew starting nod in the outfield in the first 11 games of the season ... drew a few turns at third base ... shared spot in right field with Natalia Gruenbaum later in the season ... took over full-time role when Gruenbaum suffered season-ending injury in late April ... closed out freshman year batting .228 rapping out six doubles among 23 hits ... scored 17 times and drove in four runs ... recorded seven multiple-hit performances ... batted as high as fifth in the lineup ... also alternated between sixth to ninth spots ... hit .308 in five appearances at No. 6 and batted .280 in 10 appearances at the No. 7 spot .. hit safely in 15 games ... drew four plate appearances four times, the last in nightcap of doubleheader with Marist ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice in home game against Fairleigh Dickinson ... scored a run in the third inning and had hand in both runs in the sixth inning of the opener ... doubled home the first run with two outs and scored on classmate April Ortenzo's run-scoring single ... returned from spring trip to Florida batting .286 as a starter in all eight games ... drew duty in 15 of 20 league games with 12 starts ... committed just one error in the outfield ... knocked in a pair of runs in 13-5 win at Houston Baptist in the second game of a season-opening doubleheader ... two-out single closed out a six-run third that put Army up 8-0 ... after the Huskies drew to 8-5, drove in one of five runs in the seventh that put the game out of reach ... ripped a double in second plate appearance in the No. 8 spot in the lineup in first collegiate game .... pieced together a three-game hitting streak going 4-for-7 (.571) following return from Florida ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in home sweep of Yale in the home opener in opening that mini run ... ripped a double and scored in first plate appearance going 2-for-3 with a run in 6-1 nightcap decision over the Bulldogs ... three times recorded a pair of hits over a 10-game span ... hit safely in seven games batting .416, scored seven times and drive in a pair of runs as Army went 7-3 over that span.
High School: Four-time all-conference selection as a shortstop at Grandview H.S. ... first-team selection last two years ... named to the second unit sophomore year, while an honorable mention as a freshman ... two-time All-Aurora first-team honors ... led team to the state tournament in 2008 and 2009 ... posted .560 on-base percentage senior year ... batted season-best .418 in 2006 while posting .409 average in 2009 ... two-time Golden Glove recipient ... school's top female athlete in 2009 and 2010 ... played all nine years of travel ball at shortstop ... last two were for the 18U Colorado Stars Gold and the Colorado Stampede Elite ... led the Colorado Comets to the 2008 16U ASA state title along with finishing third at the TC nationals ... following year earned runner-up honors at the 18U ASA state championships for the Colorado Stampede Elite ... four-sport athlete at Grandview who earned a pair of letters in track along with competing on the tennis and golf teams ... awarded the Iron Woman Award all four years as the top female athlete in her class ... member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Given name is Meghan Mae McGowan ... parents' names are Vicki Struckle and Robert McGowan ... stepfather's name is Perry Lopez ... has three older siblings - Ben (28), Vanessa (24) and Brett (24) ... Ben was an All-Colorado State wrestler ... currently runs youth wrestling at Grandview High ... great-grandfather, Alvin Streahlow, and grandfather, Albert McGowan, served in the Army ... majoring in American Law.