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Gator baseball's Brian Johnson named SEC Player of the Week as Florida moves back up to No. 1



Florida pitcher/DH Brian Johnson was named SEC Player of the Week after helping to lead the Gators to three wins in four games this past week.

It is the first weekly league honor for Johnson, a junior from Cocoa Beach. Johnson hit .471 (8-for-17) with a team-high seven RBI last week. He went 2-for-5 with a single in the second inning and a solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Gators to a 6-3 win over Florida State in Tallahassee. The Gators swept the three-game regular-season series against FSU for the first time since 1958 and defeated the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time since April 18, 2007.

Against Tennessee, he hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series victory over the Vols and had six of Florida’s 13 RBI in the three games.

Johnson is 5-1 this season with a 3.88 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in a team-high 48.2 innings. He has a .315 batting average with 23 RBI, 11 runs, six doubles and four round-trippers, to go along with a .517 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347.   

The Gators (28-8, 9-6 SEC) return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to face Georgia Southern (22-16/10-8 SoCon) at McKethan Stadium to begin a nine-game homstand.

The Gators fell to No. 4 last week in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll last week, but returned to No. 1 in the poll this week.




[Last modified: Monday, April 16, 2012 4:59pm]


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