June 11, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Jessica Garcia picked up her second All-American honor of the 2012 season as she was named to the Easton Fastpitch Second Team as announced by Easton Sports, Inc., on Monday.
Garcia was one of 31 NCAA Division I softball players recognized by Easton and was one of two Mountain West student-athletes honored. San Diego State sophomore Hayley Miles also earned second team accolades.
Garcia earned at-large third team All-American honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on May 30. She became the first Lobo since 1990 and only the fifth in program history to be named an All-American. Garcia was among 54 student-athletes from 33 different institutions representing 13 conferences to be named to one of three NFCA Division I All-American teams.
¬ Garcia's final season of donning the Cherry and Silver was one for the record books. In addition to setting a new single-season school record with her 24 homers, Garcia also finished with a second-place rank in MW history for single-season long balls.
Garcia, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., had seven games in which she hit 1.000 (vs. Idaho State on Feb. 11, 4-for-4; vs. Texas Tech on March 12, 3-for-3; vs. Weber State on March 25, 2-for-2; vs. New Mexico State on April 10, 2-for-2; vs. Boise State on April 29, 4-for-4; vs. UTEP on May 1, 3-for-3; and vs. UNLV on May 4, 3-for-3). She shattered UNM's single-season records for hits (81 - the previous record was 70, set by Van Hooydonk in 1997), runs batted in (69 - previous record was 54, set by Danielle Cassara in 1999), slugging percentage (.917 - previous was .801 Garcia set in 2011), and total bases (166 - previous record was 120, set in 1999 by Cassara).
Garcia also broke the program's single-season record for runners thrown out, nabbing 21 runners en route to also setting a new career record for the same category. She threw out 64 runners in her four seasons at UNM. The previous single-season record was 20 (which Garcia tied in 2011), set by Liz Young in 2006. The previous career record was 39, which Garcia tied toward the end of her junior season and was originally set by Amy Minick in 1986-89.
Garcia is leaving ranked in a few other New Mexico career categories - hits (fifth, 193), RBIs (second, 133), and total bases (second, 346).
In May she was named to the 2012 NFCA Division I All-Region West first team and to the 2012 Mountain West Softball All-Conference Team.