Gators' Casey Turgeon named second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America
Former Dunedin standout and current Florida Gator second baseman Casey Turgeon on Thursday was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America.
He becomes the ninth Freshman All-American in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s five-year tenure, joining Josh Adams (2008), Preston Tucker (2009), Nolan Fontana (2010), Brian Johnson (2010), Austin Maddox (2010), Hudson Randall (2010), Mike Zunino (2010) and Karsten Whitson (2011).
The Palm Harbor native started 65 of Florida’s 67 games and batted .281 with 35 runs, 30 RBI, 27 walks, 11 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts. In seven NCAA Tournament outings, Turgeon hit .357 (10-for-28) and ranked second on the team with a .364 average in 37 non-conference games.
Turgeon was voted as the Gainesville Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .600 (6-for-10) during UF’s three victories, with five RBI, four runs, two doubles, two walks and a homer. In his NCAA Tourney debut, he went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fifth inning to account for the Gators’ four runs against Bethune-Cookman and made a leaping grab for the final out to preserve sophomore Jonathon Crawford’s no-hitter in the 4-0 victory.