After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor

OC freshman pitcher Shea Coats has received a NCCAA softball student-athlete of the week honor.
OC freshman pitcher Shea Coats has received a NCCAA softball student-athlete of the week honor.

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 4, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.

Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game one-hitter to lead OC to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.

In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.

She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.

OC will return to action on Thursday, when the Lady Eagles host Emporia State (Kan.) for a doubleheader that will start at 5 p.m.