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Garcia Tabbed for SEC Community Service Team

Garcia Tabbed for SEC Community Service Team

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri baseball graduate infielder Matt Garcia was one of 14 players selected for the Southeastern Conference’s Baseball Community Service Team, which was announced Wednesday by the league office.

Garcia has logged the Tigers’ top total in community service hours over the past two seasons since joining the Mizzou program as a transfer from Bethune-Cookman. Most recently, he completed a mission trip to Nicaragua through Athletes in Action this past December.

A graduate student from Orlando, Florida, Garcia has volunteered with Columbia Public Schools, in addition to taking part in numerous on-campus service opportunities, including Mizzou’s Tree Service project, Homecoming and Move-In Day. Last year, Garcia was named to the SEC’s First-Year Academic Honor Roll and completed his bachelor’s degree in general studies in December.

This season, Garcia has hit .250 while tallying the third-best RBI total (28) on the squad, despite missing 11 games due to injury. The middle infielder has excelled as one of the Tigers’ top defenders as well, turning in a sparkling .977 fielding percentage with just three errors in 133 total chances.

The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.


Mizzou will open its final SEC series of the regular season Thursday (May 16) evening with a 6 p.m. (CDT) contest against Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.


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