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posted Mar 14, 2013 - 11:54:28am
Junior Meredith Owen picked up three of five victories by the Stetson Hatters in the past weekend's Stetson Classic Softball Tournament at the Patricia Wilson Complex on campus, helping her to the Most Valuable Player honors.
Wednesday, March 13, the Hatters were to host Colgate in a twin bill before taking to the road to open their Atlantic Sun Conference season Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17, at Florida Gulf Coast.
The Stetson Classic opened Friday, March 8, with Valparaiso posting 1-0 wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Colgate.
Owen (8-2) followed with a four-hitter win over Fairleigh Dickinson in a 3-0 game with six strikeouts and a walk. Demi Meza led the way at the plate doubling and singling. Chrissy Morello, Jessica Griffin, Courtney Brandt and Kayla Drury all singled.
Stetson followed this with a 10-2 decision over Colgate, with Brandt (2-2) working six innings in the circle. Both runs were unearned as she walked three and whiffed nine. Griffin crashed her third home run and singled, while Brittany Hawn and Morello each singled twice. Jordan Cleghorn doubled, with Chelsea Whalley singling.
On Saturday, March 9, both Fairleigh Dickinson and Valparaiso defeated Colgate. The Hats held off Valparaiso in the seventh for a 4-3 win. Owen clouted a grand-slam home run in the seventh inning for the win. She also fired a six-hitter, with one of three runs being earned, with six strikeouts and no walks. Hawn, Morello, Cleghorn and Drury all singled.
The Hats followed this with a 5-2 decision over Fairleigh Dickinson with Brandt (3-2) going five innings for the win, allowing four hits and a run, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Owen closed out, getting credit for her second save. Griffin doubled and singled in the win, with Morello and Meza each singling twice. Whalley powered a home run, with Cleghorn and Drury singling.
The tournament was capped Sunday, March 10, with Fairleigh Dickinson besting Colgate 7-2 in the consolation game. The title game found the Hats a 5-1 victor over Valparaiso behind a three-hitter by Owen (10-2) as the team improved to 13-6. She walked none and whiffed five. Hawn and Morello each singled twice, with Griffin, Cleghorn and Drury each adding one.
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