Garcia Represents @FGCU_Baseball on Freshman All-American Team

TUCSON, Ariz. – Coming off a year in which he set the Division I program record for RBI by a freshman, Richie Garcia has been named a 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, the publication announced Wednesday morning.

Garcia (Davie, Fla./West Broward HS) becomes the fifth Freshman All-American in Division I program history and the first since Matt Reardon (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS) earned the distinction in 2015. Former Eagle Jake Noll was named the 2014 National Freshman of the Year, while Nick Rivera (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and Michael Murray each received Freshman All-American honors in 2013.

"This is a great honor for Richie, and he couldn't be more deserving," said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. "He comes to the ballpark ready to compete each and every day and is one of our hardest workers on the team. To come in and produce like he did as a freshman, it doesn't happen very often. Richie played a big role in our success this season."

Following a season in which he led all ASUN freshmen in home runs (six), RBI (37) and slugging (.417), Garcia went on to join Noll as the only other Eagle to earn ASUN Freshman of the Year honors. He not only set a Division I program record for RBI by a freshman, but also ranks third in all-time program history. Additionally, Garcia's six home runs are the most by a freshman since Rivera hit eight long balls in 2013.

The Davie, Fla., native was named the ASUN Player of the Week after his debut weekend with the Green and Blue when he hit the go-ahead, three-run home run to propel FGCU to its first win of the season against Sacred Heart. Garcia went on to play in 60 games and garnered starts in 58 contests, including all 21 against ASUN opponents. He ranked third on the Green and Blue with a .313 average and 15 RBI against league foes. Four of his six home runs came in league action, including a two-home run performance at NJIT on Apr. 29.

Garcia reached base in 19 straight games to end the season and recorded a hit in 23 of the last 28 contests, including nine multiple-hit performances during the span. He finished his freshman campaign tied for second on the team in home runs, while also ranking fifth in both hits (57) and RBI.

A complete list of the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team can be found here.

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