Cooper earns USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week, moves to 2-0

Cooper earns USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week, moves to 2-0

Maryville College DJ Cooper was named the USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week, as the freshman gave up just three hits in 6.1 innings last week.

Cooper – a Maryville, Tenn. native – was a part of two wins for MC, as he allowed just one earned run in two appearances.

"DJ is a phenomenal young arm for us," Head Coach Cody Church said. "He is very mature in how he handles emotions in a game. This week is just one of the many great weeks he has had for us, and we know this is just a small sample of what he will do in his career."

On the week, Cooper pitched 6.1 innings of work, giving up just one earned run in 27 batters faced. He gave up just three hits and struck out six while earning his second collegiate victory.

Cooper was pivotal in a 4-3 win over Calvin College that spanned 11 innings on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 right hander pitched a shutout over 2.1 innings of relief.

The Heritage High product allowed just one hit without a single walk. He struck out four of the eight batters he faced, as the Scots held on for the walk-off win in the 11th.

Finally, in a rubber match with Mount St. Joseph University on Sunday, Cooper earned his second collegiate win. The former Highlander moved to 2-0 in his Orange and Garnet career during his second start.

Cooper pitched 4.0 innings, as the Scots' offense came alive. He gave up just two runs – only one earned – while striking out a pair. The Lions were held to just two hits and five walks during his span on the mound.

Maryville's offense sparked behind his pitching efforts, as the first-year Scot left the game with a 10-2 advantage. A committee in Orange and Garnet finished the game to earn MC's 14th win of the year, 11-4.

Thus far in his freshman campaign, Cooper has 2-0 record in nine appearances. He's pitched 22.0 innings – fourth-most on the Maryville squad – while allowing just four earned runs. He's struck out 20, as his ERA of 1.64 leads the Scots. Cooper is tied for second-most appearances on the year for MC.

Cooper will look to lead the Scots as they take on USA South foe LaGrange College this weekend. The three-game series versus the No. 20-ranked squad begins on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.