MURFREESBORO, Tennessee. – The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders inducted two members into their 2023 recruit class last Wednesday. Mary Owens and Jesyne Espinal inked their National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day and will be included in the list ahead of the 2023-24 campaign. Both student-athletes will be arriving in Murfreesboro from Florida.
“We’ve had great recruiting success in this state and these two recruits will continue that great tradition,” said the head coach Jeff Breeden.
Owens signs with Middle Tennessee from Niceville, Florida. The INF/C plays at Niceville High School, where they are four-time letterwinners under head coach Danny Hensley. Owens also competes in travel softball with TN Mojo under coach Conrad Hunter.
Last season for Niceville, the Owens put together a .450 AVG while racing in 46 heats. She was named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State team and also received the Midseason Hitter of the Year award from the Northwest Florida Daily News.
“Owens is an infielder who also catches. She’s an excellent hitter and built to be a strong player. She has great intangibles and will be a leader for our team. We look forward to her being ready to enter our campus,” Breeden said.
While Owens proudly represents the Florida Panhandle, Espinal is a South Florida native hailing from Coral Springs, Florida. Espinal, an RHP from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, played under head coach Brian Staubly.
Over 79 innings a season ago, Espinal batted 101 batters and logged a 3.00 ERA. She also added three homers and 13 RBI at the plate.
The pitcher plays travel softball for the Georgia Impact Casstevens/Caymol 18U National under coach Teo Caymol and competes on the Dominican Republic national softball team.
Espinal is also academically gifted and currently holds a weighted grade point average of 4.87.
“Espinal is a power pitcher. She comes to us from South Florida. Her main attribute is that she is a competitor and she wants to win. She is a player who wants the ball and wants to pitch many innings. We appreciate her work ethic every day in practice and how it translates into your game,” said Breeden.
Ultimately, Breeden and the coaching staff look forward to the pair becoming Blue Raiders.
“Both players are great students and people. Their families invest in their success and are True Blue. Both players fit perfectly into our positive, competitive and passionate gaming culture that we nurture here in Middle Tennessee,” said Breeden.
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