Coker Named PBC Player Of The Week
AUGUSTA, Ga. – For his efforts in leading UNCP to a perfect week on the baseball diamond, UNCP junior infielder Jason Coker has been named this week's Peach Belt Conference Baseball Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Coker, a Charlotte native and Charlotte Country Day School product, hit .562 (9-for-16) with five extra-base hits (2 HR), 11 RBI and 12 runs scored in four starts last week to key the Braves to a perfect 4-0 record, including a three-game weekend sweep of Peach Belt Conference Eastern Division rival Lander at Sammy Cox Field. Having drawn five walks as well, the junior amassed a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.125 slugging percentage and complemented the gaudy numbers with a perfect 3-for-3 tally in stolen base attempts.
Coker began his week with a monster performance at Belmont Abbey, doubling twice and belting his first home run of the campaign in registering a 4-for-6 hitting line with five RBI and four runs scored. He followed up that performance with a .500 (5-for-10) series against Lander in which he crossed the plate eight times. Coker recorded at least three RBI in three outings on the week, including driving in three runs in both of the bookends of the series with the Bearcats, while scoring two or more runs in all four starts on the week.
He scored four runs in the 17-3 win over Belmont Abbey and crossed the plate three more times in games one and three against Lander.
UNCP (14-3), ranked 16th in the latest top 25 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, returns to action on Wednesday when it makes the short trip up U.S. 74 to battle region rival Wingate (10-5) in a 5 p.m. tilt at Ron Christopher Stadium.