Monday, January 9, 2017

Former Gamecock Megan Buning Named SEC Women's Legend

Former South Carolina pitching great Megan (Matthews) Buning has been named the Gamecocks' representative in the SEC's 2017 Class of Women's Legends.

Megan Matthews Buning
One former athlete, coach, or administrator from each of the fourteen conference schools is chosen annually as that program's Legend. Buning is the only softball player in the class of 2017, and is joined by six basketball players; a basketball coach; four track and field athletes; one swimmer; and a single volleyball player.

2017 is the second year in a row that an ex-softballer has been recognized, with Buning following Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett in 2016.

A former all-American pitcher for the Gamecocks, Buning ended her career with her name atop three of the program's all-time records and her 1,090 career strikeouts was good enough for #11 all-time in NCAA history at the time of her graduation. She twice earned all-conference honors during her career and was named the Gamecocks' Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, her senior season. She followed her collegiate career with a stint in the National Pro Faspitch professional league, where she was part of the 2004 league runners-up New England Riptide. 

In more recent times, Buning has served a color commentator for Gamecock softball games on the SEC Network and SEC Network+ and works as an assistant professor at Augusta University in Georgia.

The 2017 Class of Women's Legends honorees will be recognized and honored individually during half-time of their team's first game of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-5, and will be honored as a group during the tournament.

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