Preseason Baseball Honors
GAINESVILLE - Senior first baseman Matt LaPorta and junior right-hander Bryan Augenstein have been named to Baseball America's Preseason All-America team.
LaPorta made the second team while Augenstein was a third-team pick. LaPorta was the 2005 SEC Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore, when he led Division I with 26 homers and drove in 79 runs. Last season, he missed 13 games with an oblique muscle
strain and hit .259 over 43 games. Still, he led the Gators with 14 home runs and a .410 on-base percentage and rated third with 38 RBI. Over his three-year collegiate career, LaPorta has a .298 average, is one homer shy of matching Brad Wilkerson's school standard of 55 homers and is sixth on UF's career list with 154 RBI.
A second-team All-SEC recipient in ’06, Augenstein anchored UF's pitching staff with a 9-6 record and a 3.07 earned run average and limited opponents to a .241 batting average. The right-hander had 98 strikeouts and 24 walks over 111.1 innings.
Florida will begin practice for the upcoming season on Wednesday, and will host VMI on Feb. 9 in its season-opener at McKenthan Stadium.