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Baseball players make history

By Sports Information
On February 27, 2012

For the first time in program history, The UTM baseball team has won both the adidas OVC Pitcher and Player of the Week awards, as junior right-handed pitcher Alec Mills and senior outfielder Jordan Owen earned the honors this afternoon.

Southeast Missouri's Trenton Moses (player) and Shae Simmons (pitcher) also share this week's honors with the Skyhawk duo.

Mills becomes just the sixth different UTM pitcher to earn the award, while Owen is the eighth positioned player in Skyhawk history to win the honor. It is the first career weekly accolade for both players.

Mills has successfully transitioned from set-up reliever to staff ace, coming off his first victory of the season against Butler on Saturday.

In the opening game of the series against the Bulldogs of the Horizon League, the Clarksville native tossed six shutout innings, allowing just one extra-base hit while tying a career-high with seven strikeouts. In complete control, he struck out the side in his sixth and final frame, including an emphatic punchout to escape a bases-loaded jam.

The 5-0 victory in Mills' start was the first shutout for the Skyhawks since a home win over Tennessee Tech on April 26, 2008 – a span of 180 games. The victory was also the 10th in Mills' career, as he needs just two more to crack UTM's all-time top-10 list for career wins.

Owen was a monster for the Skyhawks this week, hitting safely and driving in at least one run in all five games to lead UTM to their first three wins of the 2012 season. The 6-0 Kansas City, Mo. native hit an even .500 (9-for-18) with three home runs and eight RBI against the opposition this week, slugging 1.111 and adding a pair of stolen bases.

Owen began his week with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate against Southern Illinois on Tuesday, homering and driving in three runs. He then tallied three hits with a triple and RBI on Wednesday against Union.

He added a hit, RBI and a stolen base in each game of the doubleheader sweep of Butler on Saturday, then blasted a pair of homers in the series finale on Sunday.

The two-home run effort was the fourth time he had gone deep twice in the same game and also gave him 31 career homers, just one shy of claiming second place in the UTM career record book.

UTM returns to action this Wednesday, Feb. 29 when it takes on Evansville at 4 p.m. at Skyhawk Field.

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