Owen arrives in Starkville with a 2.21 career ERA and a 28-7 overall record her first two seasons inside the Southeastern Conference. The Newnan, Ga., native made four appearances at the 2010 Women's College World Series as a freshman, earning a save against No. 1 Washington.
During the 2011 campaign, Owen appeared in 38 games (13 starts) and registered 15 wins (15-3), three saves and a career-low 1.93 ERA. Additionally, the newcomer nearly doubled her freshman strikeout total of 88, fanning 159 batters while lowering her walk total despite pitching 28 more innings. Owen's strikeouts per seven innings (19th, 9.0) and walks allowed per seven innings ranked (23rd, 1.31) ranked inside the top 25 nationally.
Echols will immediately add depth to the lineup at State, joining the team after a freshman debut that saw her hit .268 in 33 games (13 starts). The McDonough, Ga., native recorded 12 runs, nine RBI and three home runs.
Both Owen and Echols have ties to the current MSU squad dating back to high school, when the duo played against current Bulldog sophomores Sam Lenahan and Heidi Shape in travel ball, as well as junior Erin Nesbit in summer ball.
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