PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University senior second baseman Fernando Garza (Laredo, Texas/Alexander) became the baseball team's first All-American in 18 years with his selection to the three All-American teams over the last five days.
Garza is the fourth All-American in the program's 46-year history, joining Mike Kerrigan and Ira Prince—who earned All-America recognition in 1990—and Bob File—an All-American in 1998.
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named Garza to the Rawlings Division II second team, while the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) tabbed him for the third team.
The All-American accolades cap of the list of Garza's postseason awards that includes ABCA/Rawlings East Region Co-Player of the Year, D2CCA Baseball All-East Region first team, NCBWA All-East Region first team, and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Year.
Garza 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.
Philadelphia had a 23-28 overall 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.