Owls sign pair from Tennessee Tech

May. 01, 2013 @ 06:55 AM

The Forest City Owls recently announced the signing of two players from Tennessee Tech in RHP Jacob Honea and OF Jake Rowland.

Honea is a 6-0, 183-pound righty from Tullahoma, TN that transferred in from Motlow State Community College. A two-sport athlete in high school, Honea excelled at several positions in both football and baseball for Tullahoma High School.

“Honea will be a valuable part of our pitching staff as he has the ability to start as well as come out of the bullpen,” said Owls manager David Tufo. “He has great stuff and I anticipate him pitching great for the Owls.”

Rowland originally began his collegiate career at Tennessee, but transferred to Tennessee Tech following the 2012 season. He started 10 games for the Volunteers, but will have to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In high school, Rowland was a four-time all-district honoree and also added three all-region honors and one all-state nod while at Meigs County High School. He was named to the Perfect Game Top-1000 list as well as garnering Perfect Game All-American honorable mention honors. He played summer ball for the Ripken Baseball League last summer, earning an all-star nod after he hit .304 with 25 RBIs and five home runs.

“Rowland will be able to give us a solid bat and speed in our outfield,” added Tufo. “He comes to us with good experience, having played in a competitive summer league, and I expect for him to have a good summer with us.”