Sophomore left-handed pitcher Jack Owen has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after pitching his first complete-game shutout at Auburn last weekend, the league announced Monday.
The award comes a week after teammate Tanner Burns was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week, and this makes Auburn the first team with multiple honorees on the mound this season.
Owen's shutout against UTSA was not only his first career shutout but the second in the SEC this season with Burns' against Cincinnati on March 1 being the other.
This was Owen's second straight Saturday start and was an improvement from his performance from a week ago as he struck out seven batters with no walks in the complete-game.
The California native threw 46 pitches through his first five innings and in total threw 98 pitches in the game. The pitch count was the lowest in a complete-game since Keegan Thompson needed only 90 pitches in his complete-game shutout against Presbyterian in 2014.
The lefty faced two batters over the minimum and retired the final 17 batters.
The southpaw hasn't allowed a run in his last 19.1 innings of work and hasn't given up an earned run in 25 innings to start the season. Owen's 25 innings without an earned run ties Keegan Thompson for the second-longest streak without an earned run in school history. Owen has struck out 29 batters with two walks on the season.
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Auburn (14-2) travels to South Alabama (8-5) for a midweek game on Tuesday before heading home to start SEC play against Tennessee this weekend.
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