For the third time this season and sixth time in her career, Stetson University senior Meredith Owen (Jackson, Miss.) has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Owen went 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA last week in a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference victories over Lipscomb. She tossed a six-hit shutout on Friday, allowing just one runner to reach third base and retiring the final seven batters in a row for her seventh shutout of the year.
Her complete-game, 13-inning effort Saturday, however, was one the most remarkable performances in her career. 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 threw 157 pitches and 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.
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 now tied with Erica Demers (2006-09) for the most Pitcher of the Week awards in school history with six.
The Hatters (31-9) will visit UCF (33-14) at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.