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Shelton: Broomfield’s Coleman earns NSIC Pitcher of the Week

Noah Coleman had a big career with Broomfield baseball, helping the Eagles to the 2010 Class 4A state finals. And the left hander has continued to prove he has plenty of juice on the mound at the University of Sioux Falls.

The junior was on Monday named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. The honor stems from two solid performances the week before, where Coleman helped his team split with Augustana College and Wayne State College.

“I am proud of Coleman,” said sixth year head coach Matt Guiliano, in a press release. “He has been having trouble in the past with some command issues and not trusting some of his pitches, and has been working extremely hard at getting back to his old form, and gaining that trust back was big hurdle.”

Coleman came in for relief Wednesday at Augustana, taking over in the fifth with two outs and whipping through the next 3-1/3 innings. He retired every batter he faced except, an error with two outs in the ninth and notched three strikeouts in USF’s 6-2 nightcap win against the rival Vikings.

Coleman then evened the series with Wayne in Friday’s doubleheader, in the process delivering the Wildcats their first NSIC loss of the season. The junior had a complete game five-hitter as the Cougars knocked off Wayne State 5-1. Coleman did not surrender a run until the top of the seventh inning, racked up eight strikeouts and issued three walks.

Opposing hitters went 5 for 37 (.135) against Coleman last week. Of the 161 total pitches Coleman hurled, 104 were strikes and he dealt strikes to 28 of the 42 batters he faced. A 2011 All-GPAC honorable mention selection, Coleman (3-3, 3.93 ERA) leads USF with 35 strikeouts, which also ranks him eighth in the NSIC. He stands fifth in the league with 15 strikeouts looking.

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