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Florida catcher Mike Zunino named first-team All-American by Baseball America



zuninoth.jpgFlorida sophomore catcher Mike Zunino has been named a first-team All-American by Baseball America.

Zunino has previously been honored this season with second team honors by Louisville Slugger and third team by the National Baseball Collegiate Writers Association (NCBWA).

The 2011 SEC Player of the Year, Zunino is a member of the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Zunino, a first-team All-SEC selection, leads the top-ranked Gators and is among the league leaders in batting average (.376), total bases (168), hits (92), runs (72), doubles (22), homers (18), slugging percentage (.686) and on-base percentage (.444). He has a .996 fielding percentage, with two errors in 524 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.

In UF’s six NCAA Tourney games, Zunino is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with nine runs, seven RBI, three homers and three doubles. This past weekend against Mississippi State in the Super Regional, he was 6-for-13 (.462) with two home runs.

Florida (50-17) opens the 2011 NCAA College World Series on against Texas (49-17), Saturday at 7 p.m.  on ESPN.

The following is a complete list of the 2011 Baseball America All-America First Team:

First Team
C    Mike Zunino, Florida
1B    C.J. Cron, Utah
2B    Kolten Wong, Hawaii
3B    Colin Moran, North Carolina
SS    Brad Miller, Clemson
OF    Jason Krizan, Dallas Baptist
OF    Mikie Mahtook, Louisiana State
OF    Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
DH    Jake Lowery, James Madison
UT    Danny Hultzen, Virginia
SP    Trevor Bauer, UCLA
SP    Sean Gilmartin, Florida State
SP    Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP    Michael Roth, South Carolina
RP    Cody Martin, Gonzaga
UT    Danny Hultzen, Virginia

 [Photo: University of Florida]



[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:53pm]


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