PHILADELPHIA – The postseason awards continue to roll in for Philadelphia University second baseman Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) as he was named to the 2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association Baseball All-East Region First Team Thursday.
Garza—who was voted onto the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region first team 24 hours earlier and is the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Year—had a dominant season at the plate, leading the conference in batting average (.404), total bases (145), hits (80), runs scored (54), doubles (26), doubles per game (0.51), runs scored per game (1.06), slugging percentage (.732), and on-base percentage (.471), He sits second in the CACC in home runs (11) and runs batted in (51), and third in stolen bases (20). In Division II, Garza is ranked seventh in doubles, 23rd in total bases, and 28th in slugging.
The baseball team's first CACC player of the year since 2010, Garza hit .444 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs during the CACC Tournament. He recorded his 200th career hit—152nd at Philadelphia University—during the conference title game against Felician with a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Philadelphia put together a 23-28 record during the 2016 season, posting the most wins in a single season since 1995, and reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament for the first time in program history.