Stetson University senior pitcher and designated player Meredith Owen (Jackson, Miss.) has been named the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.
"I am so amazed, honored and humbled," Owen said. "I owe it all to my amazing team as well as my incredible coaches. We have all worked so hard for this season, and I am just excited to be able to share this honor with them."
Owen went 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA, and batted .455 with a home run and three RBI last week to lead Stetson to a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference victories over Lipscomb. On Friday, she tossed a six-hit shutout against the Bisons, allowing just one runner to reach third base and retiring the final seven batters in a 1-0 Stetson victory. It was her seventh shutout of the year.
On Saturday, Owen threw 157 pitches in a 13-inning, complete-game effort in the rubber game of the series. With international tiebreak rules in effect, Owen pitched out of second-and-third, no-out situations in both the 11th and 12th innings, and then she worked out of a second-and-third, one-out situation in the 13th without allowing a single to run to score. For the game, she held the Bisons to just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-12 in two-out situations. She allowed just one hit in extra innings, a bunt single. The Hatters won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, securing a key series win in the hunt for the No. 2 seed for the A-Sun tournament.
"It is a tremendous honor to have Meredith selected as the USA Softball National Player of the Week," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "She gave an unbelievable performance in a key conference series for us last weekend both at the plate and in the circle, and the recognition is well-deserved."
For the week, Owen held the Bisons, one of the top hitting teams in the conference, to a .176 batting average over 20 innings of work. She lowered her ERA to an NCAA-best 0.73, and her 19 wins leads the Atlantic Sun.
Owen is the first Hatter to earn National Player of the Week honors in softball. She was also named the A-Sun Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
In addition, the Hatters made a return to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, receiving three votes for an unofficial No. 33 national ranking.
Stetson (31-9) will visit UCF (33-14) at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.