May 17, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 2012 NFCA Division I All-Region teams on Thursday, honoring student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions. Lobos Jessica Garcia and Stefanie Carramusa led the New Mexico softball in an exciting and landmark 2012 season and for their efforts have been recognized by the NFCA. Garcia was named to the All-West Region First Team while Carramusa received All-West Second Team honors.
A total of 263 players representing 129 different institutions comprise this season' regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
To view all of the 2012 NFCA Division I All-Region teams, click here.
This is the second career NFCA award for Garcia as the Lobos' senior catcher was named to the second team in 2011. Carramusa nabs her first career all-region recognition.
Junior Stefanie Carramusa was the first to surpass UNM's single-season record for home runs, blasting her 14th homer in the top of the sixth inning against Tulsa on March 31. The Tucson, Ariz., native led the Lobos with long balls almost the entire season, going neck-and-neck with Garcia in setting a new record for UNM. Garcia hit a homer in New Mexico's last game of the season to claim the crown with 24.
Senior Jessica Garcia completed her tenure at UNM with a bang. 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 homers.
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).
The senior catcher 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. Garcia 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).
Carramusa guarded the hot corner for the Lobos on defense, recording 52 put-outs and 107 assists, committing just eight errors to compile a .952 fielding percentage. Her 23 homers place her second in Lobo history for single-season dingers. However, she set a new single-season Mountain West record for juniors and finished tied third in MW history for single-season homers.
Carramusa accomplished several other offensive feats this season as she broke both the UNM and MW junior class single-season record for runs scored with 60 (the previous UNM record was 47 set by Jackie Van Hooydonk in 1997 and previous MW junior class record was 55 set by Kristin Delahoussaye of BYU in 2010). She also finished the 2012 campaign ranked in the top 10 of several other UNM's single-season records: hits (tied for third, 67), slugging percentage (second, .831), doubles (tied for third, 16), and runs-batted-in (fourth, 49). Carramusa recorded a hit in 40 of UNM's 52 games.