Page and Garcia Named to ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on June 24, 2022 |
The accolades continued to pour in for Grambling State baseball on Wednesday, as GSU standouts Shemar Page and John Garcia earned ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I South All-Region honors.
Page earned first team honors after being named the 2022 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Pitcher of the Year, proved to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the entire country this season. Page finished the season ranked no. 2 in the nation in strikeouts this with 143 Ks.
The Laurel, Miss. native posted an 8-5 record as a starter and also led the SWAC in ERA (2.60), Opposing Batting Average (.193). He was the only pitcher in the conference to hold opposing teams to below .200 in batting average. Page also tossed five complete games, which led the conference and ranked second nationally.
The highlight of Page's season came on April 22, when he threw just the 34th perfect game in NCAA Division I history versus Alcorn State.
Page was also dangerous at the plate, providing a strong bat for the Tigers batting .351 with 28 RBI, nine doubles, six triples and three home run. He added one stolen base to his tally.
On June 3, he participated in the 2022 Minority Baseball Prospects HBCU All-Star Game held at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.
Page signed his first professional contract with the Washington Wild Things of the Frotier League, a partner of Major League Baseball (MLB), on June 12.
Garcia landed on the all-region second team after posting huge numbers for the Tigers this spring and earning All-SWAC first team distinction.
The Bronx, N.Y. native, who started 53 of 55 games he played, batted .409 on the year. Garcia led one of the most prolific offensive teams in the SWAC, ranking in the top five in nine different conference batting categories. He ranked second in batting average, slugging percentage (.679) and runs batted in (67). He ranked first on base percentage (.515) and OPS (1.194). His 10 home runs was tied for third most in the SWAC and his 18 doubles with landed him in fifth.
He also registered two triples and stole four bases.
As the starting catcher, Garcia also threw out 18 runners on stolen base attempts, which also ranks second in the SWAC.
He also participated in the MBP HBCU All-Star Game on June 3.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 13,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.
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