HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College baseball team has cracked the national polls for the first time in 11 years. The Cobras are ranked No. 29 in the latest College Baseball Lineup Division II poll. It marks the team's first appearance in the CBL poll.
Through Sunday, the Cobras are hitting .307 as a team and averages over six-and-a-half-runs per game. They've scored 261 runs and stolen 104 bases on the season. The pitching staff has posted a 4.33 ERA and held opponents to a .274 average.
On offense, the team is led by junior first baseman Fico Kondla, who is hitting .431 with two homers, 32 RBIs, 32 runs and 20 stolen bases. Senior second baseman Keith Wolf is also having a solid season, hitting .346 with five doubles, 16 RBIs, 33 runs and 15 steals.
The pitching staff has been a team effort all around. Seniors Dan Meyer (4-3, 3.93) and Tyler Witzel (7-3, 4.19) have carried the load from the starting end, while juniors Andrew Goot (8-0, 3.83) and Zach Loraine (1-2, 13 saves) have been the backbone of the bullpen.
This is the third ranking for the Cobras this season. They've also been ranked regionally by d2baseballnews.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The Cobras are 27-12 overall and 13-8 in Conference Carolinas play. They're fresh off a series win (two of three) against Belmont Abbey College and are in second place in the conference standings.
Coker concludes the regular season this week with trips to St. Andrews University (Tuesday) and Erskine College (Fri-Sat).
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.