Tue, May 08, 2012 - [Softball]
MOUNT PLEASANT - Iowa Wesleyan College's Sierrah Garcia (Sr.-Los Banos, Calif.) and Cari Smith (So.-Des Moines, Iowa) have both named First Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selections for the 2012 softball season, as announced by the conference Friday.
In addition to Garcia and Smith, Ayla Serrano (Jr.-Rock Island, Ill.) was named an honorable mention all-conference selection. The three were honored as part of a season in which IWC finished 26-35 overall, fourth in the MCC in the regular season at 11-13, and lose in the championship game of the MCC Tournament.
Both Garcia and Smith were first team selections for the first time. In her only year at Iowa Wesleyan after transferring following three years at the Academy of Art (Calif.) University, Garcia was one of the most dominant pitchers in the MCC. She finished the season with a 14-17 record and a 2.50 earned run average with three saves. Garcia also led the MCC and set a new IWC single season school record for strikeouts with 221, and threw 193 innings, allowing 168 hits, 94 runs (69 earned) and 42 walks.
In addition to leading the conference in strikeouts, Garcia also tied for the lead in saves, was second in innings pitched, third in wins, appearances and opponents' batting average (.231), and fourth in ERA. She also was one of the Tigers' better hitters at the plate, hitting .318 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 87 at bats.
Smith received conference honors for the second straight year after being named Honorable Mention All-MCC last year as a freshman. The catcher was IWC's leader at the plate, topping the team with a .333 batting average, 15 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 41 RBIs.
Smith ranked among the MCC leaders in several categories, finishing second in doubles, fifth in total bases (103) and tied for seventh in home runs. She also was second on the IWC team with 57 hits and 32 runs scored.
Serrano was named honorable mention all-conference for the third year in a row. Despite missing 16 games due to injuries, she finished as the third-leading hitter on the team, batting .305. She had 40 hits, two doubles and 12 RBIs, and ranked second on the team with 11 doubles.
William Penn University swept all three of the MCC's main honors, as Khyia Lewis was named Player of the Year, Jennifer Whitehead of William Penn was Pitcher of the Year, and Mike Christner was the conference's Coach of the Year.
MCC Softball All-Conference Teams