Micah OwingsTulane Baseball – 2005 Corbett Award Winner
Tulane’s glorious 2005 season hasn’t faded into memory just yet. It was the year the Green Wave rolled to the College World Series, and it was the year Micah Owings garnered most of the praise.
In his final season with the Green Wave, Owings defined the term, “utility player.” The junior from Georgia appeared in 61 games as a position player, including 36 starts at first base, 19 as the designated hitter and five in left field. Then he also started 18 games on the mound.
As Tulane moved on to the NCAA New Orleans Regional, Owings started all three games, two at first base, one as the designated hitter and the championship game as the winning pitcher. He hit went 8-for- 12 for the regional with a double, two home runs and six RBIs and was named to the All-Tournament team as the designated hitter.
In the New Orleans Super Regional, Owings started two games at first base, one as the designated hitter and game two on the mound, where he posted a complete-game three-hitter, striking out eight and walking one. He also went 6-for-13 with two doubles and three RBIs – including the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth inning of the championship game.
It’s no wonder he was named first-team All-Conference USA utility athlete, especially after leading the team in home runs with 18, triples with three and a .719 slugging percentage. He finished the season with a .355 batting average. As a pitcher, Owings was 12-4 with a 3.26 earned run average and a team-leading 135 strike outs.
In 2005, Owings was named first-team All-Conference USA, Conference USA Player of the Year, Conference USA All-Tournament as a pitcher, NCAA New Orleans Regional All-Tournament as a designated hitter, Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and to the College Baseball Foundation National Honors Team.
Following the 2005 season, Owings was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is considered one of the top pitching prospects in their system.