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Mike Zunino

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Height
6' 2"
CLASS
So.
Hometown
Cape Coral, Fla.
Weight
215 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
Mariner

Major: Advertising

 

CAREER: Became the first Gator catcher to be voted as a first-team All-American twice…Batted .327 in 193 games, including 188 starts…His total of 17 sacrifice flies matches Mario Linares’ (1988-91) for the most by a UF player...Ranks fourth on the school’s all-time list in both doubles (58) and homers (47), occupies sixth in slugging percentage (.620) and RBI (175) and rates seventh in total bases (425)…Also totaled 224 hits, scored 159 runs, drew 72 walks and was 24-of-30 on stolen-base attempts…Sterling fielding percentage of .995 is second on the school’s career chart, as well as his 1,340 putouts…Committed just eight errors in 1,473 total chances…The Gators have posted a 147-56 (.724) record over the past three seasons, the top three-year performance in the program’s existence.

 

AS A JUNIOR (2012): Chosen third overall in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners, the highest selection in school history…Was the first Gator to take home the Dick Howser Trophy, Johnny Bench Award and Baseball America’s College Player of the Year accolade…A consensus first-team All-American (ABCA, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA, Perfect Game), he was the NCBWA District III Player of the Year…One of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, along with Stanford’s Mark Appel and NC State’s Carlos Rodon…Finished as the Gators’ “Triple Crown” winner, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (67) and homers (19)…Paced the Orange and Blue in total bases (164), doubles (28), sacrifice flies (11) and slugging percentage (.669)… Was 9-for-10 on the basepaths…According to the final NCAA statistics, Zunino was first nationally in sacrifice flies, third in doubles, fourth in round-trippers, fifth in total bases, ninth in doubles per game,10th in RBI and 11th in slugging percentage…Led the team with 19 multiple-RBI outings and was tied for second with 23 multiple-hit efforts…A two-time, first-team All-SEC recipient and two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive Team, the three-year starter registered a .994 fielding percentage in his final campaign, with three errors in 510 chances, and threw out 20 runners who attempted to steal on him…Was 8-for-25 (.320) during the NCAA Tourney with team highs in slugging percentage (.720), RBI (12) and homers (3)…Batted 2-for-6 (.333) during the two games in Omaha, driving in three runs…Voted to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team for the third-consecutive season after belting homers in consecutive games against No. 24 Georgia Tech and he led the Gators with a .500 (4-for-8) clip in the pair of victories over NC State that punched Florida’s return ticket to Omaha for its third-straight appearance at the NCAA College World Series…Caught  Jonathon Crawford’s no-hitter in the opening round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional, just the seventh no-hitter in NCAA Tournament history…Crawford’s gem was the first complete-game no-hitter by a Florida pitcher since John Burke accomplished the feat against Furman on May 23, 1991…Had a pair of doubles and went 2-for-5 with a couple of runs in the SEC Tournament semifinal versus Vanderbilt…Drove in three runs, highlighted by a two-run round-tripper in the third inning, as the Gators eliminated No. 4 South Carolina from the SEC Tourney…Hit .400 (4-for-10) in the regular-season series finale as UF took two of three at Auburn…Delivered a game-winning double in the 11th inning that scored redshirt freshman Connor Mitchell all the way from first base as Florida edged North Florida, 4-3…Turned in a 3-for-4, two-double effort in game two of the series with No. 17 Arkansas…Was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of doubles to lead the Gators to a 7-0 shutout of No. 7 LSU…Belted a solo homer and chipped in with a sacrifice fly to lift the Orange and Blue to a 5-4 triumph over No. 6 South Carolina in the teams’ rubber game in Columbia…Cranked a three-run blast during the first inning of the second meeting with the Gamecocks, paving the way to an 8-2 victory…Chosen as one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on March 13 for the first time in his career after helping the Gators to a perfect 5-0 week…It marked just the 10th time in school history that a University of Florida player had received the honor, first since Brian Johnson was tabbed on Feb. 28, 2011…Zunino went 7-for-18 (.389) with 11 RBI, five runs, four round-trippers and a slugging percentage of 1.111 as the Gators increased their winning streak to 13 games and notched the best start in school history…In a 16-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on March 6, he tallied five RBI with homers in both the first and second innings and was 3-for-3 while playing only four innings…During the Gators’ series opener against Florida Gulf Coast, Zunino belted a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth and delivered a two-run shot with two down in the eighth to lift the Orange and Blue to a 4-2 triumph…Jump-started UF’s four-run first inning on Saturday with a two-run single and was 2-for-5 in the 8-3 win over the Eagles that clinched the series…Chosen as the Primetime Player of the Week presented by CollegeBaseball360.com on March 6…Marked the fourth time in school history that a Gator has received the award (Matt den Dekker, week of Feb. 19-21, 2010; Brian Johnson, week of April 19-25, 2010; Nolan Fontana, week of March 14-20, 2011)…Batted .400 (6-for-15) with five runs, four RBI, three doubles and a homer as Florida swept a three-game series at previously unbeaten No. 8 Miami (Fla.)…Oversaw a UF pitching staff that registered 34 strikeouts and permitted six walks in 27 innings, highlighted by a then-season-high 14 strikeouts in the finale…The Gators have now defeated the Hurricanes 11-consecutive times and notched just their second sweep in Coral Gables in school history…With Florida trailing 5-3 with one out in the ninth on Sunday, Zunino delivered a game-tying two-run double to drive in Nolan Fontana and Daniel Pigott and scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch…During the series opener with the Hurricanes, Zunino matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles and a solo homer, and was 4-for-5 in the Gators’ 7-5 win…Doubled and scored in the second inning, moved Florida ahead with a homer to begin the fourth, had an RBI double in the fifth and a single in the ninth…Ripped a pair of solo homers against Bethune-Cookman in an 8-6 Gator win…Kicked off the season by hitting .417 (5-for-12) in the series triumph over No. 16 Cal State Fullerton.  

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Became just the second Gator to be voted the SEC Player of the Year, as Matt LaPorta had been recognized in 2005 and 2007…One of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, Zunino was chosen as a first-team All-American by the ABCA, Baseball America and Perfect Game, earned second-team honors from Louisville Slugger and was a third-team choice by the NCBWA…Was also first-team All-SEC and a member of the SEC All-Defensive Team...Named as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and joined Johnson as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy…Chosen to the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team but did not participate...Played in all 72 games, with 70 starts behind the plate...Hit a team-best .371 and led the SEC in total bases (178), hits (98), runs (75), doubles (23, tied with teammate Preston Tucker) and homers (19)…Also paced the Gator offense in slugging percentage (.674), on-base percentage (.442), multiple-hit games (29) and multi-RBI games (19, tied with Tucker)...Had career-highs in RBI (67) and walks (32) and was 7-for-9 on the basepaths...Batted .422 in SEC play, with 36 runs, 33 RBI, 14 doubles and eight homers...Career-high 17-game hitting streak ended on April 5 against UCF…Batted .333 (21-for-63) in Florida’s 16 postseason games, including a .395 (17-for-43) effort in NCAA action…Rated second on the Gators with a .316 (6-for-19) performance during the College World Series…Was a perfect 3-for-3 and belted his 19th homer in the second game of the CWS Championship Finals against South Carolina…His blast tied the Gator single-season record for round-trippers by a catcher with David Ross (1998) and Tony Socarras (2000)…Hit .462 (6-for-13) and had three-straight multiple-hit games against Mississippi State in the Super Regional...Opened the scoring on Sunday with a solo homer in the first inning and was 2-for-4...Went 2-for-5 in game two after driving in three runs with a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance in the first meeting between UF and MSU...Named to the All-Tourney Team of the Gainesville Regional for the second-straight year after batting .455 (5-for-11) with five runs, three RBI and two doubles...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the first win over Miami (Fla.)...Started NCAA play by going 3-for-4 with three runs, a homer and a double versus Manhattan...His round-tripper followed one from Tucker...Was 4-for-20 (.200) over the five games at the SEC Tourney and drew two walks...Started the tourney by going 2-for-5 against MSU...Continued dominant stretch by hitting .636 (7-for-11) against Kentucky and was later chosen as the SEC Player of the Week for the second time on the campaign...Went a perfect 4-for-4 and scored four times in the finale...Keyed UF’s come-from-behind victory in the series opener by going 3-for-4 with five RBI and a pair of homers...Turned a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 advantage with a three-run homer in the sixth inning...Bashed a two-run homer in the first inning for his third homer in two games versus Jacksonville and was 1-for-2 with a walk...Was the hero of the finale at Vanderbilt, when he clubbed a three-run homer in the 12th that resulted in a 6-3 triumph...Tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly...Had brought the Gators within 3-2 with a round-tripper in the seventh...Batted .308 (4-for-13) at Arkansas with three doubles and two runs...Went 1-for-5 and scored in UF’s 5-3 win...Had a couple of doubles and was 2-for-4 in game two after a 1-for-4 start to the series...Had a career-high seven RBI in the rout of Bethune-Cookman by going 3-for-4 with two homers...Opened the scoring with a two-run dinger in the first inning, belted a three-run shot in the fifth and tacked on a two-run single in the eighth...Named the SEC Player of the Week for the first time in his career following the sweep of Ole Miss...Batted a sizzling .583 (7-for-12)...Led the Gator offense on the weekend with eight RBI, four doubles, four runs and a slugging percentage of 1.167...In Sunday’s finale, Zunino went a career-high 4-for-4, drove in four runs and had three doubles to become the first Gator player with a trio of two-baggers in a game since April 11, 2010...Went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a pair of runs and a double in Saturday’s series-clincher...Opened the series on Friday by going 1-for-4 with a key two-run single that turned a 3-2 lead into a 5-2 advantage...Continued to produce in league action, going 5-for-11 (.455) with four RBI during the Alabama series...Three of his five hits went for extra bases...Went 2-for-4 with a double in the finale...Powered the Gators to the series clincher with a 2-for-4, four-RBI effort that featured a three-run homer in the seventh...Doubled, walked and scored in the opener...Was 4-for-11 (.364) with three runs and two walks at Georgia...Closed the series by going 3-for-4 and scored three times...Was 1-for-3 with a walk in the opener...Tied for the top spot with a .500 (6-for-12) showing against Mississippi State...Went 1-for-3 and scored a run on Sunday...Enjoyed a solid day in game two, when he was 3-for-4 with then-personal bests in RBI (five) and runs (four)...Cranked his second grand slam of the season as a part of UF’s eight-run second inning and also singled in the frame...Opened the series by going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, including one in the first stanza that started the scoring...Had one hit in each meeting with Tennessee and was 3-for-10 (.300) with a team-best five runs...Set a then-season high with three runs in game three, when he was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks...Was 1-for-3 and scored a run on Saturday but was thrown out stealing for the first time on his sixth attempt...Drove in both of the Gators’ runs against FSU in Jacksonville with a first-inning double and a third-inning sacrifice fly...Batted a team-best .583 (7-for-12) versus South Carolina and had a pair of three-hit outings...Went 3-for-4 with a double on Sunday...Had one of UF’s three hits on Saturday...Opened series by going 3-for-4 and scored a run...Was 4-for-6 (.667) over the two games with Winthrop...Went 2-for-4 and scored twice on Wednesday after coming off the bench to go 2-for-2 with his first career grand slam and a double in the opener...Batted .333 (4-for-12) at LSU with four RBI and two runs...Pulled the Gators within 3-2 in the fourth on a two-run single on Sunday...Clubbed a game-tying homer off Matty Ott with one down in the ninth in the opener, when he was 2-for-4...Had an RBI single earlier in the contest...Batted .455 (5-for-11) with four RBI and four runs in the sweep of Rhode Island...Also went 2-for-2 on the basepaths...Went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the finale...Scored twice in game two after going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the opener...Opened the scoring at USF with a two-run blast in the second inning and was 1-for-2 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base...Was 4-for-9 (.444) with three runs, three RBI and three extra-base hits in the series with Boston College...Closed weekend by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double...Delivered an RBI double to begin the scoring in the opener... Led off the fourth inning in the finale against USF on opening weekend with a homer to left field for his first hit of the year...Finished the contest 2-for-4.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Chosen to Baseball America’s Freshman All-America Team and was a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman Team...Started 51 games behind the plate and one as the designated hitter and hit .267 with 41 RBI, 31 runs, nine homers and seven doubles in 55 games played...Was 8-for-11 on the basepaths...Caught 14-of-38 runners attempting to steal and had three pickoffs...Batted .236 in SEC action with 17 RBI and 12 runs...Had a 12-game hitting streak between April 21-May 15 in which he was 19-for-44 (.432) with 16 RBI and 11 runs...Was inches from a bases-loaded hit against Florida State in the ninth inning at the NCAA College World Series but instead lined into a game-ending double play...Delivered a key two-run single in the third inning of game one in the Super Regional...Gunned down UM’s Scott Lawson attempting to steal sec­ond base to send the second contest into extra innings...Returned to the lineup and earned All-Tournament accolades at the NCAA Gainesville Regional after batting .364 (4-for-11) with four runs and four RBI...Went 2-for-4 in the win over FAU, highlighted by a solo shot in the third inning that followed Brian Johnson’s leadoff homer...Roped a two-run double versus Oregon State...Started the scoring against Bethune-Cookman with an RBI single...Did not participate in the SEC Tourney while resting his injured thumb...Lofted game-winning sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth in game one against Georgia...Also poked an RBI single in the second inning...Powered the Gator offense with a .500 (6-for-12) average at Alabama and had a team-high seven RBI to go along with three runs and two homers...Had multiple-hit efforts in all three games...Closed Florida within 9-7 in the seventh on Sunday with a solo shot and finished the game 2-for-4...Was 2-for-4 with two runs and a three-run homer as UF clinched the series on Saturday...Went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the series-opening victory...Had a two-run single in the fifth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh...Raised hitting streak to a career-high seven games by going 5-for-11 (.455) with three runs and a pair of doubles versus LSU...Went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and scored in game two...Opened the series by going 2-for-3 and scored twice...Doubled in the second inning and came home on Josh Adams’ three-run homer...Also chipped in with an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice bunt in the fifth...Continued hot stretch by going 4-for-12 (.333) in the series with Arkansas...Delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to score pinch runner Cody Dent with the winning run...Poked a two-run double to jump-start the six-run fourth inning...Went 2-for-4 with his sixth homer in the opener...Blasted a pair of solo shots and was 2-for-3 at USF...Hit .300 (3-for-10) over the three games at Kentucky and scored three runs...Was hit by a pitch in the ninth of the finale and came home on Josh Adams’ two-run jack...Went 2-for-4 in the series-clincher and gave UF a 2-1 lead with a homer to lead off the third...Hit .500 during the Charleston Southern series (4-for-8) and matched Preston Tucker for the team lead with six RBI...Tallied a career-high four RBI with a bases-clearing triple and a sac fly in game two...Was a perfect 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and his first career triple during the opener...Belted his first career homer with a solo shot in the third inning against Florida State in Tampa...Delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Gators to a 7-6 victory and a sweep of the weekend series against USF...First collegiate hit was an RBI double in the second meeting with the Bulls...Started on opening night and caught a runner attempting to steal.

 

SUMMER: Played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2011…Batted .303 (10-for-33) in 11 games, with five runs, three RBI, three walks and a pair of doubles.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Catcher from Mariner High School who played for head coach Steve Larsen…Selected in the 30th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics with the 873rd choice and improved to a first-round pick of the Seattle Mariners at No. 3 in 2012…First-team all-state in Class 5A after hitting .464 with 43 hits, 37 RBI, 12 home runs and nine doubles during his senior year…Zunino’s hit, homer and RBI totals were school records and his efforts helped the Tritons to another district title…Registered a slugging percentage of .918 and an on-base percentage of .531…Threw out eight of 20 runners attempting to steal…Rated No. 29 in the state of Florida according to Prospectswire.com, No. 4 among catchers…Ranked No. 79 in the Class of 2009 Final Rankings from Perfect Game…Honorable Mention All-State Class 3A recipient during his senior campaign and was chosen All-Area South Florida by ESPN Rise Magazine…Named to the 2009 Fort Myers News-Press All-Area squad for the second-straight time…Was a second-team Rawlings Preseason All-American and a first-team member of the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Florida Region Team prior to his final campaign…First-team all-state selection as a designated hitter during his junior season…Member of the first-team Fort Myers News-Press All-Area team after leading the Tritons to the district championship…Batted .457 with 32 RBI, an .897 slugging percentage and 10 round-trippers…Participated in the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Game at Dodger Stadium in August 2008.

 

ZUNINO’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.267

55-52

176

31

47

7

1

9

41

9

38

8-11

2011

.371

72-70

264

75

98

23

0

19

67

32

52

7-9

2012

.322

66-66

245

53

79

28

0

19

67

31

47

9-10

CAREER

.327

193-188

685

159

224

58

1

47

175

72

137

24-30

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.236

28-27

89

12

21

3

0

4

17

5

20

4-6

2011

.422

30-30

116

36

49

14

0

8

33

12

19

2-4

2012

.255

30-30

110

19

28

13

0

5

16

12

19

3-4

CAREER

.311

88-87

315

67

98

30

0

17

66

29

58

9-14

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2011

.200

5-5

20

1

4

0

0

0

0

2

5

0-0

2012

.308

4-4

13

4

4

3

0

1

4

4

5

1-1

CAREER

.242

9-9

33

5

8

3

0

1

4

6

10

1-1

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2010

.231

7-7

26

4

6

1

0

1

6

1

4

0-1

2011

.395

11-11

43

12

17

4

0

4

8

5

8

0-0

2012

.320

7-7

25

7

8

1

0

3

12

5

5

0-0

CAREER

.330

25-25

94

23

31

6

0

8

26

11

17

0-1

 

ZUNINO’S CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 6, 10x, last vs. Georgia (4/20/12)

Runs Scored: 4, 2x, last vs. Kentucky (5/21/11)

Hits: 4, 3x, last vs. Miami (Fla.) (3/2/12)

RBI: 7 vs. Bethune-Cookman (5/3/11)

Doubles: 3 vs. Ole Miss (5/1/11)

Triples: 1 vs. Charleston Southern (3/12/10)

Home Runs: 2, 7x, last vs. FGCU (3/9/12)

Walks: 3 vs. Vanderbilt (5/24/12)

Stolen Bases: 1, 24x, last vs. South Carolina (5/25/12)

Hit Streak: 17 games (3/9-4/5/11)

 

 

 

 

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