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BILLINGS -- Montana State Billings outfielder Jalen Garcia was selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason second-team all-west region by the organization on Wednesday.

Garcia, a former Billings Scarlet, earned second-team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors as a sophomore in 2017 by hitting .327 to go with a .380 on-base percentage. He ranked second on the team with 38 RBIs despite missing 10 games with an injury. Last season was his first with the Yellowjackets after transferring from Corban University (Oregon).

Garcia was one of six GNAC players selected to the NCBWA preseason all-region squad, and the only Yellowjacket on the list. 

The Yellowjackets begin their season with four games in St. George, Utah, from Feb. 8-10. MSUB finished 23-29 overall in 2017, and tied for third place in the GNAC standings with a conference record of 21-19.

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