Returning from Parma after his Italian adventure, one would expect Owen Ozanich to return to the Rouen Huskies. But Ozanich kind of surprised the baseball community by signing with the Montpellier Barracudas, the three-time French champion.
Unfortunately for Owen, he could not finish his season with Parma as he broke his shin bone because of a comebacker during the European Champions Cup. Even though it looked like his season would be over, Ozanich made a speedy recovery and was able to pitch for team France during the European Championship.
Ozanich was born in France but spent time in the USA, pitching for the NCAA (div.1) University of Vermont. Before moving to Vermont, Owen lived on Aruba until he was six years old. Since 2011, he is back in France. Next to his US and Italian experience, he also got international baseball experience in Australia as he pitched two games for the ABL Adelaide Bite in the season 2011-2012. He pitched four innings in which he allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks and struck out two as he posted a 2.27 ERA.
In December 2018, Owen also spent some time in Chile, where he pitched for Santiago Industriales, the current Chilean champion as he posted a 1-0 record with a 3.00 ERA.
As a reason to join the Barracudas instead of the Huskies, Owen stated the following:
” Montpellier is a very beautiful city that also seems very dynamic. The Barracuda club is well known in the world of baseball. It is one of the top 3 in France since its creation, and the team is producing a lot of talent, with a lot of talent being less than 25 years old.
The group plays well and is reputed as a tough team that does not give up, there has always been a good “team spirit” … It lacks little to be champion of France.”
Owen’s stats of eight years with the Rouen Huskies are impressive as he posted a 1.47 ERA, struck out 665 and limited his opponents to an average of .192.
With Parma, Owen posted a 3.86 ERA, struck out 18 and averaged 1.93 walks per game in five appearances in the Italian Serie A1.
With the Barracudas, Ozanich will not only play for the flagship team, but he will also take care of the training of youth teams (U15). He also wants to help to establish a pitching academy. He also wants to promote the game at schools.