Florida catcher Mike Zunino wins prestigious Dick Howser Trophy
Florida junior catcher Mike Zunino has been named the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.
He is the first player in Florida history to win the prestigious award.
A first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, Zunino is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Johnny Bench Award.
He leads the Gators in total bases (162), RBI (64), doubles (28), homers (19), sacrifice flies (10) and slugging percentage (.678) and is 9-for-10 on the basepaths. A two-time first-team All-SEC recipient and two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive Team who is hitting .322 overall, Zunino has registered a .994 fielding percentage, with three errors in 493 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.
Zunino was voted to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team for the third-consecutive season after hitting home runs in consecutive games against No. 24 Georgia Tech and he led Florida with a .500 (4-for-8) average in the pair of victories over NC State that sent Florida back to the College World Series for the third consecutive season.
The first-round pick of the Seattle Mariners is 6-for-19 (.316) during the NCAA Tourney with team highs in RBI (9) and homers (3) as the Gators boast a 5-0 record.
Florida opens CWS play Saturday at 9 p.m. vs. South Carolina.