Aug. 17, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After having a breakout summer in 2011 to-be junior Andrew Garner again tore up the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in 2012. The Green Wave's utility player ranked among the league leaders in in a multitude of categories and for that was named Second Team All-NECBL.
In his second season in the league, Garner was right at home in the middle of the Danbury Westerners lineup. The right-handed hitter appeared in 44 games for the Westerners and was a major reason for the squads runner-up finish in the NECBL playoffs. In 37 regular season games, Garner totaled 37 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 home runs and 30 RBI, but it was the postseason where he made his biggest impact.
"Andrew continues to improve as a player," said Tulane head coach Rick Jones, "and that is exactly what summer baseball is for. We look are excited about his continued development and (our coaching staff) feels that he is going to be an impact player for us, both at the plate and on the mound, next season."
Danbury played seven postseason contests and in those games Garner has at least one hit in each of them. He opened playoffs with a two-home run, six-RBI performance versus North Adams and in the rubber game of the series walked twice, drove in an RBI and scored a pair of runs. Garner then homered in both games versus Keene - driving in four RBI in the finale - to send his team to the Championship series. He had a hit in each game of the series with Keene, but the team's offense was limited to just three runs in two losses.
In the postseason, Garner led all players with four home runs and 12 RBI. Overall, Garner hit for a .253 batting average in 44 games. He boasted a slugging percentage of .557 with 29 runs scored, 44 hits, six doubles, 15 home runs - which topped the league charts - and his 42 RBI ranked fifth in the league.
For the Green Wave in 2012, Garner saw time on the mound and at the plate. The right-hander made 15 appearances out of the bullpen and compiled a 5-0 record to go along with a 3.21 ERA in 28 innings of work. He posted one save, while fanning 17 batters and walking just five. At the plate, Garner hit .289 in 121 at-bats with ten doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI.