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McDowell signs with ULM

By MARK ROGERS,

Logan McDowell will follow his dreams to pitch at the Division I level after signing with the University of Louisiana at Monroe recently.

The former Columbia High standout and current pitcher on the staff at Meridian Community College will head to ULM after completing his sophomore season at MCC.

“What sold me on ULM, was that coach (Michael) Federico was the pitching coach and recruiter at Southern Miss and then he got the head coaching job down there,” McDowell said. “Coach Fed has known who I was for a long time. Southern Miss has Nick Sandlin, so they really didn’t have any use for me, so when he (Federico) moved there, he got a hold of my coach and they had been talking about me since the summer. What sold me is that I’ll get a little better. It’s a place that I think I’ll improve as a pitcher.”

McDowell, the son of Reuben and Tracey McDowell, said that ULM has three pitching coaches on staff.

“It’s a lot of knowledge when it comes to the pitching aspect,” he said. “Coach (Joel) Mangrum came in from New Mexico State. I really like him a lot. He’s real knowledgeable about the subject. I’m really excited.”

McDowell is excited about being a part of the Warhawks baseball program. Federico took over the team during the summer. He had been with Southern Miss since 2009.

“I feel really, really good about the coaching staff that is in place,” he said. “ULM has been on the downside for the past two or three years. They won 14 games last year and got rid of their coach and hired Coach Fed. I think he knows what he’s talking about. I’m coming in with a good recruiting class. When my class gets there, we open up at Alex Box Stadium with Army, Air Force and LSU … teams like that. He’s expecting success and he knows what he’s doing. I’m pretty excited.”

McDowell said he is also thinking about his role on the ULM staff.

“I think I’d actually be more of a spot guy at the Division I level,” he said. “In junior college, you have a doubleheader every day. It makes JUCO ball really hard. You can’t use your pitchers like you would in a big program because it’s different. Federico told me that I’ll be able to throw two or three times in a series. I might come in for maybe an inning or two innings here and there, or a batter right here. They bring a guy in and he has to get guys out. I’m excited because I’ll be the only sidearm guy there.”

McDowell admits his delivery is unique.

“I’m straight across, about 9 o’clock in my delivery,” he said. “The trick for guys like me going somewhere is not the ability to play; it’s finding a spot and getting lucky. Southern Miss, Memphis and give or take one or two schools, like sidearm guys. Not all schools like them. Not all coaches like them. This was the best fit for me.”

McDowell said he will move to ULM after completing his season at Meridian.

“If I don’t throw too many innings, they may send me off to play in a league this summer,” he said. “I’m really excited about the season at Meridian this year. Last year, we had a really young team and we didn’t have hardly any sophomores. This year, we’re sophomore heavy and we’ve got a lot of young talent. I’m extremely excited. My class is good, but the freshman class is better than our class. Last year was fun. We open up in late February and have a month of practice before then. I’m just waiting on it.”

Pictured Above: Logan McDowell signs with UL Monroe alongside his parents. | Photo Submitted