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Nolan Fontana

INF

Height
5' 11"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Winter Garden, Fla.
Weight
190 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
West Orange

Major: Family, Youth & Community Sciences

 

CAREER: Over his 200-game career at Florida, all starts, Fontana sported a .287 average with 172 runs, 153 walks (third in school history), 102 RBI, 37 doubles, 17 homers and eight triples and he was 30-for-40 on the basepaths…In addition, he tied the school record for sacrifice hits (27, with Josh Adams) and is tied for third with 14 sacrifice flies…Achieved All-SEC and was a member of the league’s All-Defensive Team all three years of his Gator career…As a freshman in 2010, Fontana became the first player in school history to be named to the Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Team and earned Freshman All-America recognition from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball…Two-time member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2010 & 2011 along with Brian Johnson.

 

AS A JUNIOR (2012): Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time…Selected with the first pick of the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft at No. 61 overall by the Houston Astros…A second-team All-SEC choice, Fontana was the first Gator shortstop to earn all-league three seasons in a row and joined outfielder Matt den Dekker (2008-09-10) as the only UF players to be named to the SEC All-Defensive Team three times…Had a .284 batting average in 66 games, led the Orange and Blue in runs (59), walks (48) and stolen bases (13-for-14), and had 30 RBI, 10 doubles and a career-high nine homers…On the Watch List for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s top shortstop, Fontana sported a .974 fielding percentage and committed just one error in league play…He was named to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team for the third-straight time after hitting .364 (4-for-11) with four runs, two RBI, two walks and two thefts in Florida’s three victories…Tied Casey Turgeon for the top spot on the club with a .429 (6-for-14) effort during the SEC Tournament…Walked and scored in his final game against Kent State at the NCAA College World Series…Went 2-for-4 and scored three runs in the Regional-clinching win over Georgia Tech after going 2-for-3 with a double against the Yellow Jackets in the winner’s bracket contest…Scored three runs, drew a pair of walks and was 2-for-3 to eliminate South Carolina from the SEC Tourney…Batted 5-for-13 (.385) in the series at Auburn, with a 3-for-4, three-run effort in the opener…Delivered a 4-for-4 performance in game one at Tennessee, notching a pair of doubles…Tallied three runs as Florida completed its first regular-season sweep of Florida State since 1958 with a 6-3 victory over the top-ranked Seminoles in Tallahassee…Tied for the team lead with a .364 (4-for-11) average in the LSU series, featuring a three-run bomb into the bullpen in the final contest…Had three hits in the rubber game at Ole Miss…Came through with a tie-breaking, two-run triple off South Carolina All-American Matt Price in the ninth inning that lifted the Gators to a 5-4 triumph in the decisive game in Columbia…Went 2-for-3 with three runs and had a solo shot in the sixth frame during the 9-2 win over FSU at McKethan Stadium…Batted .467 (7-for-15) and swiped two bases during the three victories at Miami (Fla.)…Helped the Gators sweep William & Mary with a two-run homer in the third inning of the finale and was .556 (5-for-9) over the three games…Poked two doubles and went 3-for-4 in the series opener against the Tribe…Had three sacrifices in the win over Bethune-Cookman…Drew a pair of walks and scored in the season-opening win over Cal State Fullerton.

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Second-team All-SEC choice who was chosen to the league’s All-Defensive Team for the second year in a row...Became the first Gator shortstop to earn all-league accolades in back-to-back seasons since Julio Mendez accomplished the feat in 1987 and 1988…Earned SEC All-Defensive Team kudos for the second year in a row…Was a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop…Had a .289 average and led the SEC in walks (52) and sacrifice flies (nine)…Paced the Gators in sacrifices (20) and triples (five), rated second with 57 runs and was third with a career-high 49 RBI...Was 6-for-10 on the basepaths...Was fifth on UF with a .318 average in conference games, second on the team with 24 RBI and led the club with 18 walks...Batted .190 (8-for-42) with eight RBI, eight runs and seven walks in 11 NCAA postseason games…Drew five walks during the Gainesville Super Regional...Socked a two-run homer in the second inning of game one...Chosen to the Gainesville Regional All-Tourney Team after hitting .312 (5-for-16) with three RBI and three runs...Singled and had a sacrifice fly in the Regional final against Miami (Fla.)...Came through with a walk-off single with the bases loaded and one down in the ninth inning to down the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon...Opened tourney by going 2-for-6 in the win over Manhattan...Was named to the SEC All-Tourney Team...Had a .188 (3-for-16) average over the five games but drove in six RBI, scored five runs and played flawless defense...Accounted for all three runs in UF’s 3-2 semifinal victory over Georgia with a two-run homer and an RBI grounder...Drew three walks in the opener against Mississippi State...Hit .333 (4-for-12) with three walks to finish the regular season against Kentucky...Doubled and scored in game three...Was 2-for-4 in game two...Opened the series by driving in a couple of runs...Named as the SEC Player of the Week for the second time during the season after hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a .727 slugging percentage, a .600 on-base percentage, three runs, three walks and two RBI in the series at Vanderbilt...Did not commit any errors in 16 chances...Turned in a 3-for-5 effort in Sunday’s series finale...Scored the game-tying run in the eighth stanza on a sacrifice fly by Mike Zunino after he had a one-out single that knotted the contest at 3-3...In the 12th, he drew a leadoff walk and came home on Zunino’s three-run homer that resulted in a 6-3 Gator victory...Went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday’s regularly-scheduled game...In the completion of Friday’s suspended series opener, clubbed a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning...Led the Gators to a sweep of Alabama with a .545 (6-for-11) performance that featured three-hit outings in both game one and three...Was 3-for-4 in UF’s 2-1 triumph on Sunday and drove in both runs...Went 3-for-5 and had an RBI in the opener...Played the final two games at Mississippi State and was 2-for-7 (.286) with three runs...Was 0-for-3 in the finale but walked, had a sacrifice and scored...Returned to the lineup by going 2-for-4 with an RBI single and was also plunked with the bases full...Was a solid 6-for-11 (.545) and drove in a team-high eight runs against Tennessee...Collected two RBI on Sunday, when he was 2-for-4...Equaled career high with six RBI in Saturday’s 11-2 victory...Opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth, snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the sixth and cleared the bases with a three-run triple as part of the seven-run seventh...Was 1-for-3 with a walk in the opener...Was 5-for-8 (.625) over the two games against Winthrop, with six RBI, four runs and two walks...Went 2-for-3 and scored twice on Wednesday after going 3-for-5 in the opener...Clubbed first career grand slam off the scoreboard and drove in a career-high six runs...Debuted in SEC play with a .364 (4-for-11) clip at LSU, drew three walks and drove in three runs...Went 2-for-4 in game three with an RBI triple...Scored the lone run of the game on Saturday after walking in the first inning and coming home on Daniel Pigott’s double...Snapped 3-3 tie in the ninth with a bases-loaded two-run single...Tripled with one down in the 10th and scored the winning run against Florida State at home on Daniel Pigott’s single...Was 1-for-4 and drew two walks...Hit a sizzling .500 (5-for-10) with five runs, four walks and an on-base percentage of .643 versus URI...Had multiple hits in the second and third game...Finished weekend 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base...Went 3-for-4 and scored twice on Saturday...Was named the SEC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after going 9-for-12 (.750) in the sweep of USF...Had multiple-hit efforts in all three games and scored five runs...Went 2-for-3 with two runs and his first double of the year in the finale...Went 3-for-4 and scored a run in game two...Debuted in fine fashion by going 4-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base on opening night.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Became the first player in school history to be named to the Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Team…Earned Freshman All-America recognition from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball…Collected second-team All-SEC honors and was named to the league’s Defensive Team and All-Freshman squad…Started 63 games at shortstop and was fourth on the squad with a .287 average with 56 runs, a team-high 53 walks, 23 RBI, 15 doubles and 11 stolen bases…Committed just four errors in 279 chances for a .986 fielding percentage…Sported a .253 average in SEC play with a team-high 27 walks, 18 runs, 10 doubles and eight RBI…Led the Gators with a .500 (3-for-6) average at the NCAA College World Series and had team highs in walks (four) and runs (three)…Was 2-for-4 and scored twice against FSU…Earned three walks versus UCLA…Reached on a two-base error to start the 10th inning of game two against Miami (Fla.) in the Super Regional and scored the game-winning run…Doubled, had a sacrifice bunt and scored in the opener…Picked up All-Tourney recognition during the NCAA Gainesville Regional after batting .455 (5-for-11) with a team-best five walks, four runs and three RBI…Went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of walks in the title game…Led off the meeting with Oregon State by homer­ing to right center…Delivered a two-run single against Bethune-Cookman and was 2-for-4…Went 3-for-15 (.200) with three runs and two walks over the four games at the SEC Tourney…Was 2-for-3 and scored twice in the 5-4 win over Arkansas…Batted .300 (3-for-10) with three walks and a couple of runs in the series with Georgia…Went 2-for-4, scored twice and had a stolen base in the finale…Went 4-for-11 (.364) with four runs, three doubles, two sac flies and two RBI at Alabama…Had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth in the finale…Doubled and scored on Saturday…Opened the series by going 3-for-5 with a single-game high two doubles and had a stolen base…Was UF’s top hitter with a .364 (4-for-11) clip against Arkansas and scored a team-best four runs…Went 2-for-4 with two runs a double in each of the first two games…Became the first Gator in six years to draw four walks in a game and also scored a career-high four runs at USF…Drove in two runs with a single in the first inning and was 1-for-2 on the night…Was 1-for-3 and drew two walks in the home meeting with Florida State…Closed the game with a web gem by firing a perfect strike across his body to Preston Tucker at first base…Was named as the SEC Freshman of the Week after a blistering 7-for-11 (.636) performance at Miami (Fla.) with four runs, two stolen bases and a perfect fielding percentage in 11 chances…Went 3-for-4, scored twice and had the first two stolen bases of his career in Sunday’s 4-2 victory…Was 3-for-4 with a run and his first career triple in Saturday’s 9-6 setback…Collected a key two-out RBI in Friday’s opener when he was hit with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and was 1-for-3 with a run…Blasted his first career homer in the fifth inning to right field against Siena…Went 2-for-4 in the finale versus USF, including a one-out single in the ninth when the Gators trailed by three runs.

 

SUMMER: Played for the USA National Team for the second-straight summer in 2011, along with classmate Brian Johnson…Hit .125 (2-for-16) over five games, scored four runs and had two RBI…Competed for the 2010 squad that finished 16-3…Brought home a silver medal from the V FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan…Fontana started 15 of the Red, White and Blue’s 19 games at shortstop…He had a .250 (11-for-44) batting average in 17 games with a team-high 16 walks and eight runs scored, to go along with a .459 on-base percentage.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Infielder from West Orange High School who played for head coach Jesse Marlo…Ranked No. 20 in the state of Florida according to Prospectswire.com and was the fifth-best shortstop on the list…Earned third-team all-state as a senior in Class 6A after batting .507 and leading the Warriors to a 22-3 mark and a Regional Final appearance…Also chosen All-Area Central Florida by ESPN Rise Magazine, first-team all-district, first-team Central Florida Metro Conference and was named West Orange’s Most Valuable Player during his final season…Belted a walk-off home run in the District 5 Championship Game to secure a 6-5 win over Clermont East Ridge…Was a third-team choice on Rawlings’ Preseason All-American Team…First-team member of the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Florida Region Team…Ranked No. 180 in the Class of 2009 Final Rankings from Perfect Game…Member of the 2008 USA 18-U National Team that claimed the silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta…Named to the All-Tournament team at shortstop, set Team USA 18-U record with four walks against Mexico…Team finished 7-1 as Fontana batted .357 (10-for-28) from the leadoff spot with team-highs in runs (12) and walks (nine)…Lined a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to lift Team USA to a 4-3 win over defending world champion Korea to clinch the top seed in his club’s pool…Led West Orange to its first-ever district championship in 2008 with a 28-5 record…Batted .381 with eight homers and had an on-base percentage of .518…Earned a Gold Glove Award…Member of the 2007 16-U USA National Team that captured the World Youth Championship in Venezuela…Hit .400 (2-for-5) with three walks and two runs…Put together a 17-game hitting streak as a sophomore and had a .358 clip that year…Chosen as Rookie of the Year as a freshman, when he batted .306…Captained the 16-U and 18-U Orlando Scorpions club team, which was the runner-up at the prestigious World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) 2007 Championship held in Jupiter, Fla…Member of the National Honor Society and Renaissance and Fusion Leadership clubs at West Orange, where he also ranked in the top 5% of his graduating class.

 

FONTANA’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.287

63-63

216

56

62

15

2

3

23

53

29

11-16

2011

.289

71-71

256

57

74

12

5

5

49

52

30

6-10

2012

.284

66-66

243

59

69

10

1

9

30

48

27

13-14

CAREER

.287

200-200

715

172

205

37

8

17

102

153

86

30-40

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.253

29-29

95

18

24

10

0

0

8

27

17

5-8

2011

.318

29-29

110

17

35

5

2

2

24

18

11

1-3

2012

.243

29-29

111

19

27

5

1

2

11

19

14

5-5

CAREER

.272

87-87

316

54

86

20

3

4

43

64

42

11-16

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.200

4-4

15

3

3

0

0

0

0

2

6

0-1

2011

.188

5-5

16

5

3

1

0

1

6

5

1

1-1

2012

.429

4-4

14

5

6

1

0

0

1

4

2

0-1

CAREER

.267

13-13

45

13

12

2

0

1

7

11

9

1-3

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.360

7-7

25

9

9

2

0

1

3

10

2

2-2

2011

.190

11-11

42

8

8

0

0

1

8

7

6

0-0

2012

.231

7-7

26

7

6

0

0

0

2

4

3

2-2

CAREER

.247

25-25

93

24

23

2

0

2

13

21

11

4-4

 

FONTANA’S CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 7 vs. Georgia (4/20/12)

Runs Scored: 4 vs. USF (4/21/10)

Hits: 4, 2x, last vs. Tennessee (4/13/12)

RBI: 6, 2x, last vs. Tennessee (4/2/11)

Doubles: 2, 3x, last vs. Tennessee (4/13/12)

Triples: 1, 8x, last vs. South Carolina (3/24/12)

Home Runs: 1, 17x, last vs. North Florida (5/8/12)

Walks: 4, 2x, last vs. Tennessee (4/14/12)

Stolen Bases: 2, 3x, last vs. Florida A&M (3/7/12)

Hit Streak: 10 games (5/6-5/25/11)

 

 

 

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