Davidson, Coats pull off another sweep, this of NCCAA weekly honors

OC freshmen Shea Coats (above) and Niki Davidson have been named as the NCCAA softball student-athletes of the week.
OC freshmen Shea Coats (above) and Niki Davidson have been named as the NCCAA softball student-athletes of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 22, 2014) – For the second straight day, Oklahoma Christian freshmen Niki Davidson and Shea Coats pulled off an awards sweep, as they were named Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association softball student-athletes of the week.

Coats, a pitcher from Tuttle, and Davidson, a catcher from Oklahoma City who starred at Community Christian School in Norman, were honored after leading the Lady Eagles to a three-game sweep of Heartland Conference rival Newman (Kan.).

The Lady Eagles beat Newman 3-0 and 10-5 on Thursday and 8-0 on Friday, wins that clinched a third-place regular-season conference finish for OC, which has won 19 of their past 22 games.

Davidson received the NCCAA hitting honor after leading the Lady Eagles offensively during the series, going 6-for-8 with seven RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base in the three games. Four of her six hits in the series went for extra bases, as she had a double in all three games, plus a home run in the finale.

She had a whopping 1.500 slugging percentage while hitting .750 during the week and also played error-free in the field, successfully handling 17 defensive chances. Davidson is hitting .404 this season with a .587 slugging percentage.

With her two shutout wins over Newman, Coats – who took the NCCAA pitching honor for the second straight week and the third time this spring – extended three remarkable streaks. She has recorded four consecutive shutouts, 27 straight scoreless innings and 16 straight wins (after a 2-2 start). She allowed only two Newman batters to reach third base in 12 innings, striking out 16 while walking four.

In her last four starts – all complete games – Coats has surrendered only eight hits. Newman batters hit just .103 against her last week as she lowered her ERA to 1.65. She has thrown 14 complete games this season.

On Monday, Davidson and Coats were honored as the Heartland Conference’s hitter and pitcher of the week, respectively, making OC the first team this season to sweep those awards during the same week.