April 25, 2013

Five Cobras Selected for All-Conference Teams

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College baseball players Fico Kondla, Andrew Goot, Zach Loraine, Dan Meyer and Tyler Witzel were named to the Conference Carolinas all-conference teams, the league office announced today. Kondla and Goot cracked the first team, while Loraine, Meyer and Witzel were second-team selections.

"I am extremely happy and proud of these five young men," said head coach Dave Schmotzer. "This is a testament to their hard work and dedication to this program, and it's great seeing them get the recognition for it."

Kondla, who made first team as a first baseman, took home the batting title in the conference with a .437 mark. He hit .414 for the regular season to go along with two home runs, 36 RBIs, 32 runs and 21 steals. Kondla also posted a .564 slugging percentage and .478 on-base percentage. He was a three-time winner of the conference player of the week award this season.

Kondla is a junior physical education and sport studies major with a concentration in exercise science at Coker. Originally from Miami, Fla., he is the son of Richard and Emelina Kondla.

Goot earned his spot on the first team as a relief pitcher. A right-hander, Goot compiled an 8-0 record on the season with one save. He had an ERA of 3.86 with 51 strikeouts in 53 2-3 innings. Goot was named the conference's pitcher of the week twice during the regular season.

Goot is a junior history major from Oldsmar, Fla., and is the son of Robert and Joanne Goot.

Loraine was a second-team nod as a relief pitcher. He led the Cobra pitching staff with a 2.91 ERA over 43 1-3 innings. Loraine, the team's closer, notched 13 saves, which was highest in the conference as well as all of Division II. He also served as a designated hitter, posting a .296 average with two homers and 27 RBIs. Loraine was named the conference pitcher of the week on March 12.

A junior from Lake St. Louis, Mo., Loraine 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.

Meyer, a senior left-handed pitcher, earned a spot on the second team as a pitcher. He was this week's conference's pitcher of the week after posting a four-hit shutout against Erskine College. For the regular season, Meyer went 5-3 with a 3.42 ERA. He struck out 64 batters, which was fourth-best in the league, over a team-high 76 1-3 innings.

Meyer hails from Seaford, N.Y., and is a physical education and sport studies major with a concentration in exercise science. He is the son of Carl and Eileen Meyer.

Witzel also earned second-team honors as a pitcher. He compiled a 7-4 record with a 4.75 ERA this season, tallying 60 2-3 innings. Witzel joined Goot, Loraine and Meyer as a conference pitcher of the week, earning the team's first honor of the season Feb. 26.

A senior physical education and sport studies major with a concentration in fitness programming, Witzel hails from Melbourne, Fla. He is the son of Raymond and Teri Witzel.

The Coker baseball team compiled a 29-13 regular-season record, going 14-9 in conference play. The Cobras, who are ranked No. 6 in the Southeast region and No. 27 nationally, earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. They defeated Pfeiffer University, 8-7, in the opening round to advance in the winner's bracket. They take on No. 3-seeded King College at 7 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations and marketing, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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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.