Wed, Aug. 29, 2012
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Bethany College has announced that Jennifer Garcia is the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year and Roemon Fields is the male 2012 Athlete of the Year.
Garcia, a junior softball player from Harlingen, Texas, was the KCAC Pitcher of the Year in 2012. She earned first-team All-KCAC honors and was a three-time consecutive KCAC Pitcher of the Week. Garcia holds the NAIA record for strikeouts in a single game (17). She had 232 strikeouts in 186.1 innings pitched. Garcia is ranked no. 8 in NAIA for batters struck out (232), no. 13 for strikeouts per game (11.21) and no. 25 for wins (20). She had a 2.10 ERA and held opponent's batting average to .213 while recording nine shutouts on the season.
Head Softball Coach Janice Esses says, "I am very excited to have Jennifer Garcia receive this honor! She works hard and is very deserving. Jennifer made a huge impact and helped lead our program to its first ever national ranking and a trip to the national tournament last season. I expect her to work even harder this season and help lead this program back to the national tournament."
Fields, a junior indoor track and baseball player from Seattle, Wash., was a KCAC Gold Glove recipient. He earned first-team All-KCAC honors and was an honorable mention All-American. Fields' batting average was .450 for the season ranking him third in the NAIA. He was also third in triples with nine. Fields is ranked no. 4 in hits per game (1.653), no. 13 in runs per game (1.184) and no. 22 in stolen bases (31). He recorded no errors the entire season. In indoor track, Fields placed third at the KCAC Championships in the 60m and fourth in the 200m. He also placed seventh in the 60m at the Wildcat Invitational.
Head Baseball Coach Jeremy Cantrell says, "I am very proud of Roemon. He is a truly gifted athlete and he used his gifts to the best of his ability last year. He also did a great job of handling the adversity that the game of baseball presents to him and turned it into a successful season. The best part is he is back for another year. I look for him to use this honor to help his teammates this season be the best they can be."
The Bethany College Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards are nominated by all Bethany coaches based on their athletic achievements for the previous year. Athletic staff then vote on one male and one female. They are recognized with a plaque and their name placed on the Athlete of the Year board outside of Hahn Gymnasium.