JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) —
Arkansas State sophomore pitcher David Owen has been named one of 80
players to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award Watch List, announced Thursday by
Owen is the first Arkansas State player to ever be named to the watch
list for the Olson Award, presented annually to honor college baseball's
"Breakout Player of the Year." Owen is one of five Sun Belt Conference
players that made the list, joined by Georgia
State's Nic Wilson, South Alabama's Brandon Hallford and
Louisiana-Lafayette's Cody Boutte and Jace Conrad.
Owen has made 13 starts on the mound in 2014 and holds a 5-5 record with
a 3.86 ERA. He is third in the SBC with 68 strikeouts, while also
ranking third with 29 batters struck out looking. He has started the
first game of all nine of the Red Wolves' Sun Belt
Conference weekend series after starting the year as the team's Sunday
starter during non-conference play.
The Millington, Tenn., native struck out a career-high 10 at
Alabama-Birmingham on March 2 of this year and then matched the total in
the first SBC start of his career against UALR on March 14. He leads
the team in strikeouts, ERA by a starter and opposing
batting average by a starting pitcher.
The Gregg Olson award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher
Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation
after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to
become a two-time All American, first round
draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star.
Semifinalists will be named Friday, May 20th at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists will be announced on Friday, June 6th at the beginning of Super Regional action. The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 15-June 25/26.