Since the announcement last June that he would join the Texas Southern Tigers for his sophomore year, catcher Austin Garcia has gone on to start in 20 games for the team.

Garcia, a native of McKinney, Texas, had this to say via Twitter about his choice of the Tigers: “Extremely blessed and happy to say that I have committed to play Division 1 baseball at Texas Southern University to further my academics and baseball career. Thank you for everyone who has come along with me on this long, bumpy road, mama, we made it. #godisgreat”

From home plate, the 5-foot-10 catcher has established a .173 batting average this year, but the real story is the 130 putouts he’s logged since game one on Feb. 15, according to his college bio. He had a total of five RBIs in two games against Prairie View A&M on March 22-23 and 17 walks (or base-on-balls) over the season, not to mention six runs and nine hits overall.

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