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by: David S. Williams
Softball Wins Twice Friday at the Hatter Classic
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/22/2013
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Junior Meredith Owen picked up two wins in the circle and hit her first home run of the season as Stetson defeated Dartmouth 7-0 and Bethune-Cookman 3-2 in the first day of the Hatter Classic Friday at Patricia Wilson Field. 

Sophomore Courtney Brandt also hit two home runs and freshman Jessica Griffin recorded four hits on the day as the Hatters improved to 4-5 on the season.

"I was real pleased with the way we hit the ball in the first game," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said.  "In the second game we still got 10 hits but we just didn't get the runs.  I saw some mental mistakes on the infield, but you have to expect that with freshmen early in their first year.  Kayla Drury, though, had an exceptional night."

Stetson's 7-0 victory over Dartmouth was the team's first shutout of the season, but only as a result of a bizarre situation in the top of the fourth inning.  Dartmouth freshman Morgan McCalmon hit what appeared to be a game-tying three-run home run, but was subsequently ruled out for using a non-approved bat.  The model of bat, which is used by several teams including Stetson, had been recently recalled by the manufacturer and then removed from the NCAA approved bat list.

The Stetson coaches were aware of the recent change and challenged the bat after the home run was hit.

Owen allowed just five hits and no walks while striking out five en route to her eighth career shutout.  She also retired 12 batters on ground ball outs.

Owen started game two at first base, but pitched the final four innings of relief to help Stetson complete a two-game sweep.  She pitched out of a bases-loaded, one out situation in the bottom of the sixth with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.

"I just had to find a way dig in deep and get (BCU) out because they were just doing a real good job of putting the ball in play," Owen said.  

"Our pitching just wasn't on tonight except for Meredith, but because of her we were able to win a couple of ball games," Griffin said.  "I got to give credit to Bethune-Cookman, they have so much speed on their team and they kept coming at us."

Dartmouth (1-1) defeated Bethune-Cookman (1-10) 3-2 earlier in the day.

Stetson will host Florida A&M at 4 p.m. and Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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