April 5, 2011

Coan Earns Second PBC Pitcher of the Week Honors

AUGUSTA, GA – After appearing in six games for the Saints last week, North Georgia hurler Jessica Coan has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Coan becomes just one of two pitchers in the league to earn the honor more than one time this season, as Augusta State' Emily Headrick has garnered the award on two different occasions as well. Coan earned her first PBC Pitcher of the Week honor on March 8, after recording 19 strikeouts in a 7-inning game, the second most in NCAA history.

The Duluth Ga., native was nearly perfect last week as the 4th-ranked Saints went 6-0 and the junior pitched in all six games, going 4-0 with a 1.01 earned run average.

She tossed three complete games, picked up a save, and tallied 43 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work. In complete-game victories over Georgia Southwestern and Columbus State, Coan recorded 12 and 13 strikeouts respectively as she ran her record to 19-3 on the season.

The junior transfer is dominating every statistical category in the league as she leads the Peach Belt Conference in wins with 19, innings pitched with 148.1, strikeouts with 226, and earned run average at 0.85,

Coan and the Saints return to action on Thursday evening, traveling to Lander University for a doubleheader against the Bearcats. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. at Doug Spears Field.