By Sarah Grimmer
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Although the scars across Meagan May's head are healing nicely, they are still faintly noticeable to the eye. Those along with a freshly broken right finger, it is apparent that May has gone through a lot, suffering some injuries along the way. Her love for Aggie softball however, has remained unwavering.
"Even after everything I have been through, it never really crossed my mind to stop playing. This has been my life and I love it. I couldn't think of doing anything else with my time" May stated.
May found her love for softball at an early age, when she was just nine years old.
"There was this all-star team that wanted my mom to coach and as an incentive, they told her I could be on the team and wouldn't even have to try out. I actually didn't even play the whole first year because I was pretty bad. I definitely started at ground zero. I was terrible," May confesses. "There was not a single ounce of athletic ability in my body at all."
As terrible as she claims to have been, May stuck with the sport and over time, saw a change in her game.
"It was fun because I didn't have any expectations put on me at all. It's one of those games where when you keep at it, you slowly start seeing improvement so I kind of just kept going. I fell in love with it."
She has an impressive high school career as a four-year letterman at Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. May was a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist and was selected TSWA All-State as a junior. She played for the Impact Gold, a traveling team based out of Spring Klein, and during her time with them, the team had a ninth-place national finish in 2008. May's high school success caught the eye of Head Coach Jo Evans, essentially landing her a position on the team at A&M, a spot that she had always wanted.
Able to be positioned as a catcher or first baseman, May came in with an impressive start to her softball career at Texas A&M. As a freshman in 2010, May was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 All-Tournament team. Not stopping there, she was also named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Div. I Central All-Region first team, the Louisville Slugger/NFCS Div. I All-American second team, and the NCAA Baton Rouge All-Region team. May started in all 60 games and set the A&M as well as the Big 12 record for homeruns in a season, hitting a total of 24 out of the park. She led the offense with 45 runs on 66 hits and claimed a team-leading 62 RBI and 16 doubles. During all of this, May was also dubbed Big 12 Player of the week, twice.
Having had such an accomplished freshman year, May was looking forward to what sophomore year would bring. Everything came to a standstill however, as she was involved in a horrific car accident that she was fortunate to survive.
"I was heading to Austin to go to a concert and I was following my friend to go back to her house. We were on a two lane back road and I don't remember but they said I reached for something in my passenger seat. I went into oncoming traffic and hit another car almost head on. I flipped on my side and rolled three and a half times and ended up upside down on the other side of the road. My friend got me out of the car and then they took me to Brackenridge [hospital]," May recalled. "I don't remember any of it but that is what they said happened. I was apparently conscious the whole time, even when I got pulled from the car, and I was talking to my friend but I had a pretty bad concussion so I don't' remember leaving from where we were to 6 hours after when I woke up in the ER."
Amazingly enough, the only visibly injury May suffered was a laceration on her forehead, along with a bad concussion. The laceration consisted of about four square inches of skin missing from her forehead, which she described as "severe carpet burn" from the roof of the vehicle. "The roof of the car hit my head and scalped me just a little bit," she explained.
May has undergone four different surgeries to completely fix this area of her head, completing the last of them back in January. She was able to come back for a short period of time however, just after the second surgery.
"After the skin graft healed, about a month after or maybe less, they let me go and start working out and practicing. So I got to play in the fall season where we have eight games and my next surgery with the tissue expanders followed the end of the fall. He [the doctor] was really lenient when I had to be back and when I didn't. They were really helpful with everything I was able to do."
May's teammates and coaches have served as a crucial support system, being there for her every step of the way.
"It's just been amazing. We are honestly like a family here. My teammates were the first people to come see me in the hospital. They have been great getting me back in shape and cheering me on. The Coaches have also been great.
"They came and visited me in the hospital two or three times for different surgeries. They have been wonderful with doctor's appointments and what I can and can't do and know to give me a break if I am having a rough day. At the same time, they have been that force driving me to get back, to get back in shape and making sure I am ready to go."
May has been working hard to get back to the level she was once playing at, not letting the accident get in the way of the game she loves to play.
"I just want to keep helping out my team, have fun and to just keep loving this game and make sure I'm still enjoying it every day like I have been."
May ran into another obstacle however, as she recently broke a finger in her right hand during a game this season. Going through the accident has helped her keep a positive attitude about the injury though as it has altered her outlook on life.
"It has changed my outlook on a lot of things. I found God through that accident and I know now what matters and what doesn't," said a gracious May. "I don't worry about the little petty things that can happen. It is frustrating but I know that He has a plan for it. I haven't quite figured it out yet but these things happen I guess. I can't get upset about it; it won't do anything for me.
"I'm still glad I'm able to come out here every day and do what I can do. I enjoy things a lot more now than I used to and I know it will all work out in the end."