After a great weekend Junior P.J. Garica was awarded the Sooner Athletic Player of the week. Garcia went 10-17 (.588), had 14 RBI’s, and finished with 4 home runs. The most notable game from this week, was against Southwestern. In that game he would connect for 3 home runs, and led the Drovers to a win 17-7. He also led the Drovers to a 4-1 record over the week, including a conference series win over Texas Wesleyan. Garcia has had solid play all year-long for the Drovers, as he leads USAO in batting average (.473) and runs batted in (23). Garcia looks to continue his hot play, as the Drovers are currently sitting at first in conference with a 17-2 (5-1 SAC) record.
P.J. Garcia said “This team is really hitting the ball really well. We are tied with highest batting average as a team. That just shows that it’s not one guy that is leading the team. We as a team have done really well. Our pitching is outstanding also. With how good they are it helps us know that we just need to have a goal of scoring one run an inning and won’t lose many games doing that. Winning player of the week is an honor and I am glad my family was here to witness that. My dad has been my hitting coach since I was a little kid, so doing it in front of him means a lot not just to me but him also. I hope to continue seeing the ball well and keep hitting it hard. Just continue to trust the process.”
Assistant Coach Hayden Sloane said “PJ has been a great fit into the team this year, even with all the injuries he has sustained he has battled through and performed for the team. He plays hard every game and works hard on and off the field, brings a little light to the team and is always encouraging those who need it. He’s adaptability to play multiple positions is a bonus to also being a left handed hitter. Last year unfortunately he missed out on playing due to some difficulties, instead of quitting he worked hard in the off season and left no doubt that he would come back and play this year for the drovers, and he has for sure left no doubt he deserves to be out on the field playing the game. We have a huge diversity on the team with internationals and with a brand new team but to see them all coming together is something a coach loves to see. Congrats to PJ as he deserves it and am looking forward to what he has to offer later in the season towards himself personally and towards the team.”