FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a dramatic sweep against Jacksonville (3-2, 3-2) to vault the Eagles into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Sun, FGCU softball head coach David Deiros announced the addition of Daytona State transfer Jackie Owen (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers HS/Daytona State).
“Jackie is a proven winner and will be a great asset to our pitching staff,” said Deiros. “She has done a wonderful job in the last year in expanding and improving her repertoire of pitches. She is resilient in the circle and will do a great job of keeping us in every ballgame she pitches.”
Owen joins a team that already has added four to the incoming class of Hannah Horwath (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS), Makensie McAvoy (Plant City, Fla./Plant City HS), Bri Morell (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East HS) and Alexis "Louie" Ross (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida Baker HS) who will be joining the Eagles as incoming freshmen and will have four years of eligibility starting in 2012-13.
Owen will be an incoming junior after earning her AA from Daytona State College this term. She is from Cape Coral, Florida and graduated from North Fort Myers High School. She will be reunited with her former head coach, assistant Jeff Miner, and former teammates on the 2009 FHSAA Final Four team, Mariah Fernandez and Kayla Ramey (both rising seniors).
During her junior season, she recorded a 23-4 record with a 0.72 ERA and 21 complete games, while being selected to the All-State team and honored as the News-Press All-Area Softball Player of the Year. In 2010 during her senior season she recorded a 21-6 record with 0.38 ERA and 27 complete games. Owen compiled 281 strikeouts in 180 innings pitched, while again being selected to the All-State team and the News-Press All-Area Softball Player of the Year.
During her freshman season at Daytona State she was selected All-Conference even though she was hampered by injury. This season she has a 13-9 record with a 0.82 ERA in 28 games pitched, which is currently second in the state in ERA. Owen has compiled 175 strikeouts in 145 innings pitched, which puts her third in the state. Daytona State has again qualified for the Florida State Junior College Championships next weekend in Pensacola.
The Eagles have won six straight and head to Johnson City, Tenn for a pair of doubleheaders against ETSU on Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m. and finish the weekend in Spartanburg, S.C. against USC Upstate on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m.