Former Polk County standout Autumn Owen set a Marshall record with six home runs in three days (photo via Marshall Sports Information)

Autumn Owen is coming home to complete her college softball career.

The former Polk County standout is joining the program at the University of North Carolina, moving to Chapel Hill as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility after spending the past two seasons at Marshall.

Owen will follow new Tar Heel head coach Megan Smith Lyon to Chapel Hill. Lyon is taking over the program at her alma mater after spending five seasons as the head coach at Marshall.

Owen started all 55 games for Marshall in 2023, having one of the best offensive seasons in program history.

Owen led Marshall in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (.887), RBI (71), home runs (19), total bases (134), walks (40) and sacrifice flies (5). She was also the Sun Belt Triple Crown winner, leading the conference in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Owen’s 71 RBIs are the most in a single season in Marshall program history.

She earned second team All-American honors from D1Softball.com and third-team All-America selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Owen began her career at Gardner-Webb, spending two seasons there. She was named the 2019 Big South Freshman of the Year and was a finalist for NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year.

As a Runnin’ Bulldog, Owen played in 81 games, finishing with a .384 batting average with 17 home runs and 72 RBI.

In her four college seasons, Owen has appeared in 187 games with 44 home runs, 166 RBI and a career batting average of .393.