CCU’s Owings semifinalist for Gregg Olson Award

ccubase-owingCoastal Carolina sophomore Connor Owings has been named one of 36 semifinalists for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, presented by Toolshed Sports. The award honors college baseball’s breakout player of the year.

The Olson Award was developed to honor college baseball’s success stories and showcase players like Olson who have raised the level of their game through hard work, strength of mind and determination. Eligible players will be those who are omitted from major publication’s preseason All-American prognostications; however by the end of the season their on the field performance will demonstrate that they are among the top amateur baseball players in the nation.

Owings overcame a kidney disease to have an impressive 2014 season after batting just .200 with 17 hits in 37 games (21 starts) last season. The Leesville native was named first team All-Big South and earned Big South All-Tournament honors.

He was the only Chanticleer to play – and start – all 57 games and led the team with a .326 batting average, 45 runs scored, 76 hits, 14 doubles, four home runs, 34 RBI, a .446 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and 22 multi-hit games. He added 21 walks and stole 11 bases. In league play, Owings batted .352 with 22 runs and 17 RBI. Not only was Owings Coastal’s top offensive threat, he was Coastal’s most versatile and consistent players in the field, getting 17 starts at first base, 30 at second, six at third and six in left field. He made just seven errors in 314 chances for a .978 field percentage.

At the Big South Tournament, Owings batted a team-best .528 (7-for-13) with a team-best five RBI and four runs scored in three games. He added two doubles for a .692 slugging percentage and walked once for a .692 on-base percentage. Overall, He ended the season by reaching base safely (hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 22 straight games and had a hit in 18 of the 22 games, batting .351 over the span.

Finalists are scheduled to 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 15-26.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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