There may still be an NCAA softball tournament appearance in Megan Overton’s future — but if there is, it won’t be at Boston College.
After a disappointing freshman year, the former Greenwood star has decided to spend the rest of her collegiate career closer to home at IUPUI.
“I just overall didn’t have a great experience there,” Overton said, “(and) I just didn’t see anything getting better.”
The Daily Journal’s Player of the Year in 2016, Overton played sparingly during her one season in Chestnut Hill. She saw action in 16 games, primarily as a pinch runner, and went 0 for 7 with a pair of runs scored. As a pitcher, Overton made just two appearances, allowing two runs and striking out two in three innings of work.
As the season wore on, playing time became increasingly infrequent. Overton saw action in just three of the Eagles’ 23 Atlantic Coast Conference games, logging only one at-bat.
It was a far cry from her days with the Woodmen, when she pitched 10 no-hitters while going 47-11 with a career ERA of 1.10 and batted .432 with 126 RBIs and 71 stolen bases.
“I wanted an opportunity and no one would give it to me,” Overton said, “so I’m giving myself an opportunity.”
She should be able to find one with the Jaguars, who reached the final game of the Summit League Tournament before falling to North Dakota State — one game shy of the NCAA Tournament bid that Overton is hungry for.
“Hopefully adding me, maybe they can get there,” she said.
If nothing else, Overton should feel more comfortable with her surroundings at IUPUI. The team already features a pair of Center Grove grads, Mandy Dallas and Delainey Turner. And Holly Hoopingarner, a classmate and close friend of Overton at Greenwood, plays basketball for the Jaguars.
Another former Trojan, Maddie Keeley, also will be coming on board in the fall.
Off the field, Overton will be sharing an apartment with her sister Rachel, who already is enrolled at IUPUI.
“It should be like home, which is what I want,” Overton said.