On Thursday, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Alabama softball infielder Megan Bloodworth as a top-25 finalist for the 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Freshman of the Year award.

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She's appeared in 42 games for the No. 5/4 Crimson Tide and serves as a reliable starter in the infield, usually playing second base.

At the plate, Bloodworth has already proven to be one of the best hitters in the conference. She's hit 30-for-93 (.323) on the year and has the second-highest number of both home runs (7) and RBI (29) in the clubhouse.

At .634, Bloodworth also holds the second-highest slugging percentage on the squad behind transfer infielder Ashley Prange's .659.

She recorded two home runs and five RBI in her first appearance in an Alabama uniform facing Southern Utah to open the year and her first collegiate at-bat in the game resulted in a grand slam.

In the recent series sweep against Mississippi State, Bloodworth was able to tie Game 1 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run sparking the Tide's comeback win. She played hero again the following day by capping off another comeback with a bottom of the seventh inning RBI walk-off double to clinch the series.

The Georgia native was the state's 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year coming out of Crisp County High School in Cordale, GA. She was named first-team All-State before committing to Alabama as the No. 10 player in the country according to Extra Innings Softball.

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