Mark Coulter, a member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, became the third straight Cougar to earn American Mideast Conference and NAIA Region IX Pitcher of the Week honors.
Coulter, a senior from Lewistown, Pennsylvania, was honored for his performance during the week of March 25-31. The former Lewistown Area High School standout joins teammates Chris Holly and Adam Rowe, who have received these honors the previous two weeks.
During the week, Coulter posted a 2-0 record with a 2.25 earned run average. In a 6-3 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the southpaw allowed seven hits, one walk, and three runs (two earned) over seven innings with one strikeout. Then, in a 13-1 victory over Thomas (Maine) College, he gave up just two hits and one earned run over five innings with a season-high seven strikeouts.
Coulter, who also plays first base, led the team with a .500 batting average for the week as he went 13-for-26 with one double, one home run, six runs scored, and 10 RBI. He posted a .618 on-base percentage and a .654 slugging percentage.
On the season, Coulter is 3-0 on the mound with a 2.55 ERA. In 17 2/3 innings of work, he has struck out 15 batters and issued just two walks. Coulter is also batting .419 with four doubles, two home runs, 12 runs scored, and 22 RBI in 21 games.
MVNC is currently 17-4 overall and 3-1 in the AMC. The Cougars, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, also moved up from 23rd to 16th in this week's NAIA national poll. The team is scheduled to return to action on Thursday with a conference twinbill at Geneva (Pa.) College at 1:00 p.m.