April 28, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Megan Hill of softball and Todd McInnis of baseball were named the University of Southern Mississippi Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the school's annual Academic Honors Program Monday night at the Thad Cochran Center.
Hill, the Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, has emerged as one of the best to wear the Black and Gold in softball.
With just over three weeks left in her collegiate career at Southern Miss, Hill, from Hattiesburg, Miss., currently owns nine career records, ranking first in hits, runs, RBI, runs scored, triples, home runs, total bases, walks and intentional walks. She is a two-time Conference USA first team all-selection and earned Newcomer of the Year and second team All-C-USA as a freshman.
Hill currently is second on the team in batting with an average of .306 while leading the team in home run, runs batted in, slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks. She ranks among the C-USA leaders in the same statistical categories. She had the team's longest hitting streak at 10 and has seven multiple hit games and a team-leading eight multiple RBI games.
She also serves as the Conference USA SAAC Representative for Southern Miss and is actively involved in SAAC and has played a key role in contributing to the "Black-Out Hunger" canned food drive in 2008 and the "Let's SAAC Hunger" canned food drive in 2009. Hill has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helped to sponsor the "Cross My Heart, Hope To Buy" Date Auction to benefit the local chapter of the American Red Cross, volunteered time for free softball clinics for young female athletes, as well as given her time to help Hattiesburg residents take groceries to their cars at a local grocery store.
McInnis, from Brandon, Miss., can be found throughout the Southern Miss record book. He is third in career games started with 47, fourth in career wins with 22 and seventh in career strikeouts with 256, needing only 10 more Ks to pass the great Ray Guy.
The former "Mr. Baseball" by the Clarion Ledger out of Northwest Rankin High School became the first Golden Eagle to win a major Conference USA postseason award last year when he was named the C-USA Pitcher of the Year after helping lead the Golden Eagles to the College World Series and a No. 8 final ranking in three national polls.
Heading into the 2010 season he was selected as a preseason All-American and the preseason C-USA Pitcher of the Year by both Baseball America and the C-USA coaches.
McInnis has volunteered his time hosting special needs classes at the field house, taking them on tours of the facility and field, took gifts to Christian Services for children in need, visited the DuBard School for Language disorders spending time with the students.
The men's tennis team garnered the Team Academic Award by posting a 3.43 grade point average as a unit.
Other recognitions included the 122 Southern Miss student-athletes who were honored for making the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the 29 that distinguished themselves by winning the C-USA Academic Medal for achieving a 3.75 GPA or higher.