Eddie Silva & Jose Garcia selected to ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team

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FIU second baseman Eddie Silva and catcher Jose Garcia received some more postseason recognition after each Panther was named to the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Central All-Region team. The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association.Silva, who was an All-Conference USA First Team selection, led the league with 16 home runs. The 16 round trippers tied former FIU shortstop Hiram Silfa for sixth most in a single FIU season.Named to the Central All-Region First Team, Silva returned from Tommy John surgery to hit .321 and led the Panthers with 48 RBI and a .686 slugging percentage. Silva finished second in slugging percentage in C-USA. Silva’s .686 slugging tied for eighth best in a single FIU season with former FIU outfielder Oriol Perez (.686 in 1982).Earlier this season, Silva won Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week award as well as Conference USA Hitter of the Week after hitting .600 with four home runs and 12 RBI (Apr. 23-29).Garcia, who was named to the Central All-Region Second Team, is coming off a record-breaking first season at FIU. Prior to Wednesday, Garcia earned four postseason honors: Conference USA Freshman of the Year, Conference USA All-Freshman, Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, and NCBWA Freshman All-American.The power-hitting catcher hit an FIU freshman record 13 home runs this past season surpassing the mark held by former FIU slugger Jabari Henry, who hit 12 dingers in 2010.Garcia hit .264 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI. The right-handed hitter had 47 hits and nearly half of them were for extra bases. Garcia had eight doubles and two triples.Garcia was third on the team in total bases with 98 and third in slugging with a .551 clip, which is second on the FIU freshman slugging percentage list to Henry, who slugged .599 in 2010.ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Americans will be …

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