Goot Named Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College's Andrew Goot has been named the Conference Carolinas Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball.

Goot is a junior right-handed pitcher for the Cobras. Converting from starter to reliever this season, Goot had a strong year out of the bullpen. He's posted an 8-0 record with one save and a 4.33 ERA and 61 strikeouts over 65 1-3 innings. He recently threw three innings in the NCAA Southeast regional that the Cobras won.

Along with being the conference's spring scholar athlete of the year, Goot was a two-time conference pitcher of the week and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Southeast region pitcher of the week this season.

Off the field, Goot is a history major at Coker. He is a three-time presidential honor roll selection and was named academic all-conference this season.

Goot is originally from Oldsmar, Fla. He is the son of Robert and Joanne Goot.

The Coker baseball team (38-14) recently 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. Their first game is against the University of Tampa at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cary, N.C.

Conference Carolinas is an NCAA Division II athletic conference made up of 12 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Erskine College, King College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University and Queens University of Charlotte.

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.