FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University freshman right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 13, while the Patriots climbed 15 positions to 13th in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll released Monday (March 14).
Owen, a native of Cheraw and a graduate of Chesterfield High School, made two appearances last week, tossing a no-hitter against 21st-ranked UNC Pembroke in a 9-0 FMU win on Saturday and earning his first collegiate save last Wednesday in a 7-4 road win at Barton College.
Against UNCP, he threw 105 pitches and allowed only three Brave baserunners (two walks and a hit batter) while recording the seventh no-hitter in school history. He also became only the second Peach Belt pitcher to notch a nine-inning no-hitter in a PBC game. He threw a scoreless ninth inning in the victory over Barton.
His season mark stands at 2-1 with a 2.17 earned run average. He has made a team-high 10 appearances, including four starts, and has compiled 37 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. Opponents are hitting only .199 against him.
The 18-6-1 Patriots have won their last seven games, during which time they have not trailed, and are 11-1-1 in their last 13 contests. FMU is fifth in the tightly packed PBC standings, but only one game out of first place.
FMU will play its next six games on the road starting with a Wednesday afternoon game at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
All six of FMU’s losses this season have been to nationally ranked opponents. This is the third consecutive week the Patriots have appeared in the poll.
Seven Peach Belt squads are listed in this week’s poll. Florida Southern College (20-2) and the University of Tampa (20-3) are tied for the No. 1 spot in this week’s poll.