Florida catcher Mike Zunino was named a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday, becoming the first Gator to earn the honor since Matt LaPorta in 2007. The sophomore is the first UF catcher to be named an All-American since Brian Rose made the American Baseball Coaches Association’s third team in 2003.
Zunino, the SEC Player of the Year, is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. He leads the Gators inbatting average (.367), total bases (145), hits (81), runs (63), RBI (59), doubles (19), homers (15), slugging percentage (.656) and on-base percentage (.439). He has a .996 fielding percentage with two errors in 486 chances.
Zunino finished second in the SEC with a .422 batting average in conference games, and had 36 runs, 33 RBI, 14 doubles and eight home runs in 30 games.
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