Senior Jessica Garcia Named Mountain West Player of the Week

Feb. 14, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Jessica Garcia has been named Mountain West Softball Player of the Week for games through February 12. This is Garcia's second MW weekly award and first of the season.

Garcia, a 5-5 senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., recorded a hit in all five games as New Mexico posted a perfect 5-0 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over last weekend. The Lobos joined Washington and California as the only teams to finish the tournament undefeated.

"Jessica hit over .600 this weekend against some really good teams and some really good pitching," Lobo head coach Erica Beach said. "Last year she was one of our most consistent hitters and for us to see her start back up where she left off last season is really encouraging.

"She showed a lot of power, and helped keep our offense going and keep our confidence up. She was consistent through the weekend and it was fun to watch her perform so well."

Garcia went 11-for-17 at the plate with three home runs during the five-game span, driving in 11 runs and scoring six more.

After going 1-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 7-6, season-opening victory over No. 11/16 Oregon, the Lobos' catcher turned in a 2-for-3 performance in a 5-4 victory against Western Michigan later that evening. She scored once and drove in one run against the Broncos.

Garcia opened Saturday's action with a perfect 4-for-4 effort at the plate with four RBI, one run scored and one home run in the Lobos' 9-8 win over Idaho State. Later in the day, she went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 13-5, five-inning rout of Northwestern.

Garcia saved her most timely hitting for Sunday's 5-3 win against Texas State, using a two-run homer to erase a 1-0 Lobo deficit in the first inning and following that with a another two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to give New Mexico a 5-2 lead.

Garcia finished the tournament with slugging and on-base percentages of 1.176 and .632, respectively, while recording 22 putouts and three assists with one error (.962) from her spot behind the plate.