OC’s Thomas, Coats receive NFCA Division II all-region 2nd-team honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 15, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian catcher-designated player Martha Thomas and pitcher Shea Coats were named Thursday to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division II All-South Central Region second-team honor list.
The All-South Central Region teams include players from schools that compete in one three NCAA Division II leagues – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences. NFCA-member coaches voted on the all-region teams.
It’s the first time OC players have been selected to the NFCA all-region team since the university started the Division II membership process before the 2012-13 academic year.
Thomas was one of the Heartland’s top sluggers and helped lead a potent offense for OC (39-14), which finished third in the league’s regular-season standings. She entered this week’s National Christian College Athletic Association Championship hitting .433 with 50 RBIs and 13 home runs, tied for the single-season school record. She also has hit 14 doubles and three triples.
Thomas, with a .851 slugging percentage and .545 on-base percentage, likely will set OC single-season and career records in those categories. She also is 11-for-11 this season on stolen-base attempts. She was selected to the all-region team as a utility player.
Coats, a freshman right-hander from Tuttle, put together one of the finest seasons ever by an OC pitcher. Entering the NCCAA tournament, Coats is 22-2 with a school-record six saves, a 1.46 ERA and 184 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings. She has won 20 straight decisions and likely will break OC’s single-season record for winning percentage by a pitcher.
Coats has 18 complete games and 10 shutouts, including four in a row during a run in which she threw 30 consecutive scoreless innings. She was a three-time selection by conference sports information directors as the Heartland pitcher of the week.
Both Thomas and Coats earlier were first-team All-Heartland Conference selections. They also have been named as the NCCAA Central Region hitter and pitcher of the year, respectively.