JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 16, 2017) – For the second straight season, ETSU junior catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region First Team honors as the committee released the postseason awards earlier this week.
Owenby – who was drafted in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday – hit .346 (81-for-234) with 12 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 40 walks, 54 runs and 51 RBI, while starting all 59 games for the Blue and Gold in 2017. The Knoxville, Tenn. native earned first team all-conference honors as a catcher and ranked among the top offensive threats in the league. Owenby ranked second in the SoCon in walks, fourth in total bases (134), tied for fourth in home runs, ranked sixth in on-base percentage, tied for seventh in runs, ranked eighth in hits, and ninth in RBI and slugging percentage. Owenby reached base in 23 straight games from Feb. 19-April 2 and reached base safely in 55 of the 59 games this season.
In his first three seasons with the Bucs, Owenby hit .347 (222-for-640) with 39 doubles, one triple, 37 home runs, 126 runs, 89 walks and 149 RBI. The Buccaneer All-American also has a career slugging percentage of .584 and on-base mark of .426.
The Knoxville, Tenn. native won the TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby last July en route to becoming the second Buccaneer to claim the honor.
Eighteen players made up the first team with 11 of them being drafted in the top four rounds of the MLB Draft.
The teams consist of eight regions with the teams being voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 17 and the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.
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