Three MW Softball Players Named NFCA All-Americans
May 31, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State sophomore Tara Glover, New Mexico senior Jessica Garcia and San Diego State sophomore Hayley Miles have been honored as third-team All-America selections by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Glover was chosen at the outfield position, while Garcia, a catcher, and Miles, a shortstop, were both at-large selections. A total of 54 student-athletes were recognized across three All-America teams. The Mountain West was one of eight conferences to be represented by multiple student-athletes.
Glover, hailing from Grants Pass, Ore., topped the Conference with a .476 batting average and 88 hits this year. The 2012 MW Co-Player of the Year was also second in the league with a .510 on-base percentage, while ranking third with 54 runs and tallying a league-best 18 stolen bases. Glover is the first Bronco to receive NFCA All-American accolades.
Garcia, a 2012 all-Conference selection, posted the MW's second-highest batting average (.448) while leading the league with 24 home runs and 69 RBIs this season. The Rancho Cucamunga, Calif., native was also second in the MW in hits (81) and fifth in runs scored (47). Garcia is the fifth Lobo to be named a NFCA All-American, joining Kathy Dyer (1986), Karla Ismay (1989), Kim Braatz (1990) and Tracy Vun Kannon (1990).
Miles, a native of Antelope, Calif., was third in the league in hitting (.429) and scored a Conference-best 62 runs this season. The 2012 MW Co-Player of the Year also registered the MW's top on-base percentage (.519) while ranking second in walks (34) and slugging percentage (.909), tied for second in runs batted in (49), and third in hits (75) and home runs (20). Miles is the third Aztec to earn NFCA All-American honors, joining catcher Erin Floros (2006) and pitcher Samantha Beasley (2010).