May 26, 2011

Coan Named Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year

SALEM, VA – On the day Jessica Coan will make her World Series debut, the junior has been awarded the highest honor in Division II softball, being named the Daktronics Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year announced on Thursday morning.

The Duluth, Ga., native is less than 24 hours removed from earning Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American honors, as Coan has now picked up the top two individual awards NCAA Division II softball has to offer.

Coan is in the midst of the one of the most dominating pitching seasons in North Georgia history with a 27-4 record and 0.95 earned run average. She has tossed 213.1 innings and recorded 326 strikeouts, while allowing just 29 earned runs on the year.

She has 25 complete game victories, including allowing just three hits in the Southeast Super Regional championship game to propel the Saints to a third consecutive College World Series.

North Georgia is now home to this prestigious award in back-to-back seasons, after Sarah Phillips picked up the award in 2010 with a 44-2 record and earned run over of 1.00.

Coan was the only All-American for North Georgia, but Kasey Knight was recognized as an honorable mention, as one of the best defensive shortstops in the country is hitting .355 with 31 runs batted for the No.2 team in the land.

The only thing left Coan to win would be the NCAA National Championship trophy, which the Saints will begin their quest for on Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. North Georgia will battle Indiana (Pa.) in the opening round, as the Saints will look to improve to 3-0 all-time in the opening round of the National Championships.