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McCoy inks deal with Evansville Otters

Shortly after having its first-ever player taken in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, the Midway University baseball team has another player that has signed a contract with a professional team. Jake McCoy, a senior right-hander from Mesa, Ariz., had signed a deal with the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. "We are extremely happy for Jake," said Midway baseball coach Luther Bramblett. "Jake has worked extremely hard and has fought through adversity to get to this point, I'm really proud that he stayed the course and that he has this opportunity." The Evansville Otters are based in Evansville, Ind. They compete in the West Division of the Independent Frontier League. The Otters are the oldest current team in the Frontier League and have won two championships, in 2006 and 2016. McCoy joins former right-hander Hector Quinones as players who have gone on to play professionally after college. Quinones was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 32nd round of last week's MLB Draft. McCoy was one of the 18 players that came over from St. Catharine College - a local NAIA institution that closed its doors in June 2016. This past season was the first in the history of the Midway University baseball program after Midway absorbed the program from SCC. For his efforts in his senior campaign, McCoy earned First Team All-River States Conference. In his time at St. Catharine, McCoy earned All-Mid-South Conference First Team honors in 2016 and All-MSC Second Team honors in 2014. The closer played a key factor for the Eagles this season, helping lead Midway to a 28-30 record overall and a 20-12 record in RSC play. In their first season of baseball, the Eagles won the 2017 River States Conference Baseball Tournament and earned an automatic berth in the NAIA Baseball National Championship opening round. In 23.1 innings pitched on the season, McCoy tallied a 2-1 record with eight saves. He also fanned 48 batters on the season and allowed just a .180 batting average against and a 1.16 earned run average. McCoy didn't allow an earned run in his first 17.1 innings pitched this season, a span that covered 15 games. His eight saves ranked second in the River States Conference and 16th in the NAIA. McCoy becomes the second Eagle to have the opportunity to play professional baseball and the 17th under Bramblett.

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