Owings Enrolls At Tulane

Four late signees: former Georgia Tech standout, Micah Owings, Scott Powell, Devin Barnet and Greg Young round out incoming Baseball class

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and 2003 Baseball All-American Micah Owings has transferred to Tulane University and will be eligible to play right away, head coach Rick Jones announced Wednesday.

A native of Gainesville, Ga. Owings has stood out both on the mound and at the plate in two seasons at Georgia Tech, is one of four late additions to the 2005 roster, joining New Orleans natives Devin Barnett (Newman HS) and Scott Powell (Country Day HS/UMass), and Greg Young (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake). The foursome round out a highly touted recruiting class from the fall early-signing period that includes pitcher/outfielder Peter Connick (New Orleans, La./Jesuit HS), infielders Brad Emaus (Senioa, Ga./Coweta HS) and Cat Everett (Houston, Texas/Lamar HS), pitcher Jonathan Garrett (Mandeville, La./St. Paul's), outfielder Warren McFadden (Plantation, Fla./Nova HS), pitcher/first baseman Sean Morgan (Sugar Land, Texas/Clement HS) and outfielder Matt Riser (Picayune, Miss./Pearl River CC).

"I'm excited about the addition of Micah Owings," Jones said. "He's a proven pitcher and has the ability to add some power as a hitter to the middle of our lineup. Along with Brian Bogusevic, Micah gives us arguably two of the premier two-way players in the county, and freshman Sean Morgan could very well prove to be the third.

"As excited as I am about Micah, I'm equally as excited about the rest of our recruiting class. Three members could have opted for professional baseball but decided to pursue a quality degree and get the overall college experience. Couple that with several rising seniors who could have left to play pro ball, but collectively made the decision and commitment to this team for the 2005 season, and there is a lot to be excited about."

Owings, who was granted his release from Georgia Tech on Aug. 23, chose Tulane after making visits to several school, including Texas and Arizona State. He is considered one of the top returners in all of college baseball, according to Baseball America, and turned down an opportunity to sign with the Chicago Cubs organization, which selected Owings in the 17th round of the 2004 First-Year Players Draft.

Owings comes to the Green Wave after two seasons in Atlanta where he hit a combined .313 (145-for-464) with 26 doubles, four triples, 30 home runs and 106 RBI at the plate while going 12-6 with a 3.93 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 201.1 innings of work.

As a freshman in 2003, Owings earned ACC Rookie of the Year, second-team All-America and first-team Freshman All-America honors after leading the Yellow Jackets wins (9), home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.593). He also ranked second on the squad in ERA (3.99) and strikeouts (58), and was third in RBI (42) and innings pitched (88.0).

He became Georgia Tech's No. 1 starter in the final month of his rookie season, and did not let up in 2004 when he led the Rambling Wreck in strikeouts (112), innings pitched (113.1) and opponent batting average (.220) while ranking second in wins (9) and ERA (3.89). At the plate, he once again paced the squad in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.549) while ranking second in RBI (64).

Owings is one of two transfers to join the Green Wave for the 2005 season as Barnett comes to Tulane after a year at UMass. A right-handed pitcher, Barnett appeared in 11 games as a freshman for the Minutemen, including five starts, and went 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and held opponents to a .265 batting average in 37.0 innings of work. At Country Day High School, Barnett was an all-district, all-state and team MVP honoree as a senior after setting school career marks in playoff wins (6), hits (156), runs (162), RBI (119) and batting average (.487) while ranking second in career wins (27), strikeouts (362), innings pitched (238.0), complete games (24) and ERA (1.44).

Powell, meanwhile, signed with Tulane after a stellar prep career at Newman High where he helped the Greenies to four consecutive playoff appearances and a pair of state championships. As a senior, the outfielder hit .440 with a .615 slugging percentage, and led Newman in home runs, RBI, doubles and triples.

Young rounds out the late signees, and brings an impressive list of credentials with him from Harvard-Westlake High. A left-handed pitcher, Young earned Daily News All-Star honors as a senior after going 7-5 with a 1.51 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 67.0 innings of work as a senior. During the year, he tossed four complete games, three one-hitters and fanned a career-high 11 vs. LaCanada.

"Today is the first day of September, and we have a long way to go until the end of the season," Jones said. "But this can be a special club when you evaluate the talent we've added and the experience we have coming back."

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