Jeff Wine and Mark Coulter, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, were recently selected as the National Christian College Athletic Association Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively for their performances during the week of April 2-8.
Wine, a senior outfielder from Bourbonnais, Illinois, batted .563 during the Cougars' 5-1 week. He was 9-for-16 with three doubles, a triple, four runs scored, and seven runs batted in. He posted a .609 on-base percentage and a .875 slugging percentage. The former standout at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School also moved into sixth place on the school's career list in runs scored (148) and into eighth place in career stolen bases (40).
For the season, Wine is batting .461 with 35 hits, seven doubles, seven triples, four home runs, eight stolen bases, 27 RBI, and 30 runs scored. He also has committed just one error in the outfield in 41 chances.
Coulter, a junior left-handed pitcher from Lewistown, Pennsylvania, posted a 2-0 record for the week with a 2.25 earned run average. He tossed a two-hit shutout against defending American Mideast Conference champion Walsh University with a season-high seven strikeouts and one walk. He also earned a victory over Geneva (Pa.) College as he allowed just four hits, one walk, and three runs over five innings in that game.
For the season, Coulter leads MVNC with a 5-0 record on the mound and a 2.35 ERA. In 30 2/3 innings of work, he has struck out 24 batters and issued just three walks. Opposing batters are hitting just .173 against him. The former Lewistown Area High School star is also batting .366 with 30 hits, four doubles, five home runs, 15 runs scored, and 25 RBI.
The Cougars are currently 21-6 overall and 8-2 in the AMC. The team will return to action on Friday when MVNC will travel to the University of Rio Grande for a conference doubleheader that will get underway at 1:00 p.m.