GREENSBORO, N.C. – Philadelphia University second baseman Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) was selected as an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-East Region Co-Position Player of the Year to highlight the all-region team that was released Wednesday. First baseman Steven Wells (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School) earned a place on the All-East Region second team.
Garza—who shares the co-player of the year award with Jay Jabs from Franklin Pierce—continues to add to his list of postseason accolades, which includes his selection to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association Baseball All-East Region first team, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region first team, and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.
The senior had tremendous success in the batter's box as he sat atop the CACC 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), Garza ranked in the conference in home runs (11) and runs batted in (51), and third in stolen bases (20). In Division II, Garza is ranked seventh in doubles and 27rd in total bases and slugging.
In the final at-bat of his career, Garza recorded his 200th career hit, 152nd at Philadelphia University, with a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the CACC Tournament championship game against Felician on May 14.
An All-CACC first team selection, Wells picked up his second all-region honor of the year after being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region Team last week. He led the conference with a career-high 12 home runs and was second with 33 walks and 51 RBIs. Wells was fourth in slugging percentage (.580), fifth in total bases (101), eighth in runs (35), and 10th in on-base percentage (.421) and doubles (13).
Philadelphia went 23-28 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.