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Kayla Drury circles the bases after a three-run home run in the top of the first inning.
by: Stetson University
Softball Hits Four Home Runs in 11-0 Shutout at KSU
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  04/13/2014
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Kennesaw, Ga. - It didn't take long for Stetson to break out of its offensive slump Sunday.

Freshman Jessie TenBroeck led off the game with a home run, the first of four Stetson long balls on the day, as the Hatters (29-8, 13-4 A-Sun) rolled to a 11-0 victory in their Atlantic Sun series finale at Kennesaw State.

Meredith Owen hit a pair of home runs and Kayla Drury added a three-run blast to help end Stetson's 21-inning scoreless streak.

"It was nice to end that streak in a big way," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "We talked about after the game (Saturday), about some adjustments we needed to make against this type of pitching to be successful. We have a very mature team, and they bought into it."

The Hatters bought in quickly as TenBroeck took the third pitch of the game and deposited over the fence in left field for her first collegiate home run, giving Stetson an early 1-0 lead.

"It felt amazing, especially with the whole team being there (at home plate)," TenBroeck said about her home run. "It definitely helped with our momentum because after that we just kept rolling hits up there."

Drury followed with a three-run home run later in the inning, also to left field, to put Stetson ahead 4-0.

That would prove to be more than enough offense for Owen (17-5), who tossed a one-hit shutout for her 17th victory of the season. She also hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning that gave her career RBI No. 100.  In addition, Owen recorded her 500th career strikeout in the bottom of the fifth, becoming just the fourth Hatter pitcher all-time to reach that milestone.

"I was so frustrated after yesterday," Owen said. "It wasn't that we played terrible, we just couldn't catch a break. We showed we can bounce back from these tough losses. It sets us in a good position going into the rest of conference play."

After not collecting an extra base hit over the last three games, the Hatters hit six on Sunday, including a season-high four home runs. Griffin was looking for the Hatters to shorten their swings on Sunday.

"Compact swings don't equal less power, it means you can get to the ball in a more efficient manner," Griffin said. "That is something we weren't doing yesterday. We were late on a lot of swings. Today we talked about using lighter bats, choking up, making the adjustments, doing what we needed to win. I was real proud of them."

The Hatters also played well defensively, highlighted by a diving catch in foul territory by Drury in the bottom of the fourth.

"Kayla made a great catch at first, and Chrissy made an exceptional effort in center field, coming within an inch or two of making a superb play," Griffin said. "It was a good day defensively, and of course Meredith got it done on the mound. It's good to be back in the win column."

Taylor Denton had the only hit for the Owls (22-22, 11-10).

Stetson will return home to face Lipscomb in a three-game series beginning at noon on Friday.

Notes: Meredith Owen hit two home runs in a game for the second time in her career (also Apr. 22, 2012 at USC Upstate) ... She is the sixth Hatter to record 100 career RBI ... She also recorded her 20th career shutout ... Chrissy Morello had an RBI double in the fifth, and Morgan Hatch hit a pinch hit double in the fourth.

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