Shortstop Mike Garza Named All-BIG EAST First Team; Leeson Tabbed Third Team
May 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team prior to the start of the league's postseason tournament.
He was one of two Georgetown players to earn All-BIG EAST honors, joined by junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), who was named All-BIG EAST Third Team.
Garza and the Hoyas finished the 2012 season with a 24-29 overall record and a 10-17 mark in the BIG EAST. Georgetown tied for eighth place in the league and missed out on an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament by percentage points. The team's 24 overall wins and 10 league wins were the most for the program since 2006.
A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Garza finished the season batting .393, which led the Hoyas and ranked second in the BIG EAST. He led the team in hits (86), at-bats (219), doubles (21), home runs (8), runs batted in (44) and total bases (135). In addition, he was second in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage (.616) and ninth in the league in on-base percentage (.433).
Garza had four hits in a 15-4 win over Cincinnati on Saturday in the regular season finale, giving him 86 for the season and tying the single season school record for hits set by Kurt Kaull in 1983. His 135 total bases were four shy of the school record of 139, set by Kaull in 1983 as well.
In being named All-BIG EAST First Team, Garza is the first infield position player to be named to that squad under Head Coach Pete Wilk (Ryan Craft was named to the first team in 2005 as a designated hitter). He is the 11th Georgetown player to be named All-BIG EAST First Team and it is the second-straight year a Hoya earned first team honors as senior outfielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) was tabbed in 2011.
Leeson earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in his career after finishing second on the team in batting with a .325 average, while leading the team with 40 runs scored, eight triples and 18 stolen bases. He was second on the team in hits (40) and second in total bases (93).