OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2014) – The future of Oklahoma Christian softball is doing great things in the present, as evidenced Monday when the Heartland Conference’s weekly honors were announced.
Pitcher Shea Coats and catcher Niki Davidson were named as the NCAA Division II conference’s pitcher and hitter of the week, respectively, after starring in OC’s three-game sweep of league rival Newman (Kan.).
OC (32-14) became the first team this season to sweep the league’s weekly honors, which have been given out 12 times in 2014. Coats and Davidson both received their respective awards for the second time this season – Coats for the second time in as many weeks. Only one other Heartland pitcher has received the pitching award more than once this season.
Last week, 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. The Lady Eagles have won 19 of their past 22 games, making them the Heartland’s hottest team during that stretch.
Coats, a right-hander from Tuttle, extended three remarkable streaks while pitching two shutouts against Newman. She now 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 as far as third base in 12 innings against the Jets, 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.
Davidson, a former Community Christian School standout from Oklahoma City, was OC's prime offensive catalyst in 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.
OC will host Texas A&M International on Friday and Saturday in the Lady Eagles’ final regular-season and conference games of the season.