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Florida Gators' Mike Zunino named first-team All-American

Florida Gators 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

Florida Gators' Mike Zunino named first-team All-American 06/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:27pm]
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