All-America two-way player who made and impact as a pitcher and a hitter last season ... Has established himself as a middle of the lineup hitter as well as a member of the starting rotation ... Enters the 2004 season as Tech's No. 1 starter, and should be Tech's everyday DH ... Owns a 90 MPH-plus fastball and outstanding command ... Continues to improve and develop his off-speed pitches ... Has excellent power at the plate ... Led the Yellow Jackets in both wins (9) and home runs (15) as a freshman ... Versatile athlete who saw action as a pitcher and designated hitter as well as at first base and third base.
Named a second-team All-America by Baseball America as a utility player in 2003 ... A first-team Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... The 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and a first-team All-ACC selection ... Named to the ACC all-Tournament team as a third baseman.
A second-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2002 who turned down a sizable signing bonus ... Along with teammate Tyler Greene, a second-round selection of the Atlanta Braves, they are the highest drafted players to enroll at Tech.
2004: Hitting: Went 3-for-5 with a HR and tied a career high with 4 RBI against Savannah State (2/18) ... Went 5-for-10 with two home runs and eight RBI in two games against Purdue (3/16-3/17) ... Went 5-for-13 with two home runs and five RBI at Wake Forest (3/19-3/21) ... Hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to break a 7-7 tie and lift Tech to a 9-8 win at Wake Forest (3/19)...Hit .778 (7-for-9) against Georgia Southern; also scored four runs and drove in another against the Eagles...Had a career-high six RBI against Auburn (3/30), courtesy of two three-run home runs ... Homered and drove in five runs at Georgia State (4/6) ... Had the game-winning RBI single in the 13th inning against Winthrop (4/20) ... Went 3-for-9 with a home run and three RBI in Tech's sweep at Florida State ... Was 4-for-8 in Tech's doubleheader sweep at NC State (5/2) ... Went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against Georgia State (5/18) ... Went 5-for-15 with a home run and three RBI in Tech's sweep at Maryland in the last weekend of the regular season. Pitching: Earned a win on opening day at Georgia Southern (2/15) by working seven innings and allowing just one earned run ... Picked up his second win of the season with a strong effort against Villanova (2/21) - 7 IP, 1 R...Held Georgia scoreless in 3.2 innings of relief, picking up the win by allowing no runs on just four hits while striking out six...Allowed just three earned runs on three hits in 5.2 innings of work against Miami (4/3), but did not earn a decision ... Picked up his second win in relief in as many appearances against North Carolina (4/10), working 3.2 shutout innings to close out the game ... Started and earned a win at Florida State (4/23), working seven innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits ... Improved to 6-2 with a strong effort at NC State (5/2), working seven innings and allowing on run while fanning eight ... Ran his record to 7-2 against Clemson (5/14), working a season high eight innings and allowing two runs ... Allowed just one hit to the Tigers after the first inning ... Improved to 8-2 with a win over Maryland (5/21), working seven innings and allowing two runs.
Summer: A two-way player for the USA Baseball National Team that captured the silver medal at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic ... Posted a 2-0 record and a 5.28 ERA in six pitching appearances, striking out 18 batter in 15.1 innings ... Made four starts at third base ... Helped the team post a 27-2 record, the best winning percentage in Team USA history.
2003: Tech's regular DH in the starting lineup as well as a member of the weekend rotation ... ACC Rookie of the Year, first-team all-ACC, second-team all-America, first-team Freshman all-America ... One of five Tech players named to the all-ACC Tournament team (third base) ... Two-way star who led the team in wins (9) and home runs (15) ... Hit a home run and pitched in the same game on seven occasions, earning wins in four of those games ... Finished the season with a 9-3 record and a 3.99 ERA, just one win short of the Tech record for wins by a freshman ... Went 2-0 in five relief appearances and 7-3 in 12 starting appearances ... Had 21 multi-hit, nine multi-run and 11 multiple-RBI games ... Hit safely in 39 of 57 games and has reached base safely in all but nine games ... Led the team with 15 home runs and a .593 slugging percentage, second with 124 total bases, and fourth with 42 RBI and a .306 average ... In his first appearance of the year, he picked up a win by tossing 3.1 innings, facing one over the minimum by allowing no hits or runs and striking out four against Georgia Southern (2/15) ... Picked up his second win in two appearances against Michigan (2/23) by tossing the final two-thirds of the ninth inning, allowing no runs on only one hit, and striking out one ... In his first career start, he picked up a win by tossing six innings, allowing four runs while striking out three against Campbell ... Picked up his fourth win in his second start of the year by allowing just one run in six innings while striking out seven against Auburn (3/11); also hit a solo homer in the game ... Pitched 5.1 innings in relief against Miami (3/28), allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out two; also had a two-run homer in the game ... Tossed a career-high eight innings of shutout baseball against Duke (4/12), allowing just seven hits while striking out two and walking none to earn his fifth win of the year ... Kept Tech in the game against Florida State (5/3) by going 8.0 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five before won in the 10th inning ... Pitched seven innings of shutout baseball against Virginia, allowing just five hits while striking out nine to earn his seventh win of the season ... Improved to 8-2 on the season by allowing just one run (a homer) on four hits in six innings against NC State (5/15) ... Earned the win against Wake Forest (5/22) in the first game of the ACC Tournament by allowing just three runs on six hits in six innings while striking out four ... Against Michigan (2/23), he went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs and a walk ... Went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI on 2/28, and two days later (3/2) he had two hits, including a double, and two runs scored against the same George Washington team ... Hit .583 vs. Kent St. (3/14-3/16), with five singles, two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base ... Had a three-run homer in a two-hit, four-RBI performance versus Maryland (3/22) ... Hit .556 in the series with Georgia Southern (4/15-4/16), with five runs, a double, homer, and RBI ... Took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to earn a win against Wake Forest (4/20); also went 2-for-4 with a homer in the game ... Put Tech up by one run with a grand slam, the first of his career, against Clemson (4/25) in the fifth inning of the game ... Hit .400 in the series with Virginia (5/9-5/11), going 4-for-10 with a run and RBI ... 2003 ACC Tournament (pitching): 1-0 in 1 game, 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 4 K's ... 2003 ACC Tournament (batting): .286 avg., 5 runs, 1 RBI, 2 doubles, 4 walks.
High School: A two-year letterwinner for coach Wayne Vickery in baseball and coach Virgil Amey in basketball at Gainesville ... Also lettered two years at Forsyth Central as a freshman and sophomore ... Named the Georgia Player of the Year and a first-team high school All-America selection as senior ... Hit .448 with 25 home runs in 105 at bats ... Went 12-1 with a 1.03 ERA, recording 121 strikeouts and just three walks in 75 innings ... Led Gainesville to the 2002 Georgia state title, homering in both games of the championship series ... Team also won the 2001 state championship ... Set a Georgia single-season state record with 25 home runs as a senior ... His 69 career home runs is the second best total in nation behind Drew Henson's national record of 70 ... MVP of the 2001 Connie Mack World Series with the East Cobb summer baseball program ... Honors student who graduated in the top 25 of his class.
Personal: Full name is Micah Burton Owings ... Born September 28, 1982 ... Son of Jim and Danise Owings ... Father Jim lettered at wide receiver for the Tech football team from 1971-73 and was a co-captain in 1973; had career totals of 35 receptions for 470 yards and scored 13 touchdowns ... Father also lettered in track from 1971-74 ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2003 ... Majoring in Management.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD% 2003.... .306 60-59 209 43 64 11 2 15 42 124 .593 25 5 71 4 .392 1 0 2-3 68 25 4 .959 TOTAL... .306 60-59 209 43 64 11 2 15 42 124 .593 25 5 71 4 .392 1 0 2-3 68 25 4 .959
Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA 2003.... 3.99 9-3 17 12 0 0/1 0 88.0 84 42 39 21 58 19 1 12 375 .247 1 6 2 5 TOTAL... 3.99 9-3 17 12 0 0/1 0 88.0 84 42 39 21 58 19 1 12 375 .247 1 6 2 5