HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College's Zach Loraine has been named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America baseball team. Loraine was an honorable mention selection as a utility player and pitcher.
Loraine, a junior, is a right-handed pitcher and designated hitter. He serves as the Cobras' closer and boasts a 5-2 record with a 2.40 ERA. He has a Division II-leading 15 saves with 65 strikeouts over 60 innings of work. At the plate he has a .331 average with three homers, three triples, 15 doubles, 37 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 20 steals.
In the most recent tournament for Coker, the NCAA Southeast regional, Loraine was a big part of the team's success. Offensively, he hit .421 with four RBIs, five runs scored and one stolen base. On the mound, over two appearances, he threw 5 1-3 innings of shutout baseball. He allowed three hits and struck out nine.
This is the sixth award for Loraine this season. In addition to being named an All-American, he has been named second team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association, first team all-region by Daktronics and a second team all-region pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Loraine has also been the NCBWA Southeast pitcher of the week and the Conference Carolinas pitcher of the week.
Loraine, a native of Lake St. Louis, Mo., is a physical education and sport studies major with a concentration in exercise science at Coker. He is the son of Lance and Eva Loraine.
The Coker baseball team (38-14) defeated Georgia College to win the NCAA Southeast regional tournament. The Cobras earned their first-ever birth into the NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals. They take on the University of Tampa in their first game at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cary, N.C.
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.