Garza's .375 average tied for ninth in the program's single-season records
May 14, 2009
By Kyle Herm
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The National Fastpich Coaches Association announced Southern Illinois second baseman Alicia Garza as a member of the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Mideast Region first team on Thursday.
Garza, a junior from Lafyatte, Ind., had an all-around season at the plate and in the field to lead the Salukis to a second place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and earn her second-career all-region selection.
Garza led the team with a .375 batting average, which ranked tied for ninth all-time in the program's history and tallied a team-best 35 RBI. In addition to her stellar hitting, she set a single-season personal-best .973 fielding percentage while starting every game at second base.
She also had nine doubles, four home runs and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases, which was a season-high.
Following her outstanding season she was selected All-MVC Second Team, named to the State Farm MVC All-Tournament team and moved up in the record book at SIU in a number of career statistical categories. Garza is fifth all-time for career batting average (.335), tied for sixth for career doubles (31) and 10th all-time for career RBI (96).
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and Garza will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams that will be announced on Wednesday, May 27.
Mideast Region First Team
P, Ashley Birdsong, Bradley University
P, Kaitlin Colosimo. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
P, Alex Gjevre, Morehead State University
P, Toni Paisley, East Carolina University
C, Meghan Morese, Villanova University
C, Cat Olnick, University of South Florida
1B, Breanne Javier, University of Central Florida
1B, Jessica Johnson, East Carolina University
2B, Alicia Garza, Southern Illinois University
2B, Britta Giddens, University of South Florida
3B, Katie Boyd, Appalachian State University
3B, Abby Olson, Illinois State University
3B, Lauren Zembruski, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
SS, Mere Simpson, Indiana State University
SS, Alexis Zambrana, Ohio University
OF, JJ Bitner, Marshall University
OF, Martina Landrum, University of Alabama-Birmingham
OF, Lisa McLean, University of Akron
OF, Courtney Mall, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
OF, Janine Richardson, University of South Florida
OF, Micah Truax, University of Connecticut
UT/P, Heather Bauer, University of Akron
UT/P, Caitlyn Jackson, Marshall University
UT/Non-P, Katie Armour, Indiana State University
UT/Non-P, Melanie Stoehr, Marshall University