Samie Garcia Collects Second-Team All-SEC Nod
May 7, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina senior shortstop Samie Garcia took a spot on the All-Southeastern Conference second team in the infield, the league office announced today.
Garcia led the SEC with nine doubles in league action while ranking seventh with a .383 batting average. She also made 58 assists in SEC play, standing second in the league. In all games, Garcia lead the Gamecocks in 11 offensive categories and stands in the SEC's top 15 in eight of them. Twenty times, her name comes up in the top 20 in South Carolina's career offensive record book. Garcia is the second Gamecock under head coach Beverly Smith to garner all-conference honors, following Lauren Lackey's first-team selection a year ago.
"Samie's all-conference selection is well-deserved," said Smith. "To be recognized by the league coaches is a big honor for Samie. She's had a great senior season, both with her offensive numbers and her defense play. I'm thrilled for this recognition for Samie and for the program."
Tennessee's Lauren Gibson claimed the SEC Player of the Year award and led four Lady Vols who made the first team, three in the infield. Missouri's Chelsea Thomas garnered the SEC Pitcher of the Year award, while Florida's Tim Walton received the SEC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Gators to the regular-season title. Co-Freshmen of the Year were chosen, as LSU's Bianka Bell and Georgia's Geri Ann Glasco split the award. And Missouri's Jenna Marston took the SEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolade.
The Gamecocks start SEC Tournament action on Wednesday against seventh-seeded Kentucky. First pitch at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky., is set for 6:30 p.m. EDT and will be shown on ESPNU.
2013 SEC Softball Awards
Player of the Year: Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
First Team All-SEC
Second Team All-SEC
SEC All-Freshman Team
SEC All-Defensive Team