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Thursday June 2, 2011UF's Mike Zunino Named Second-Team All-American

Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore catcher Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) was named a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American on Thursday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He became the first Gator to be named an All-American by the publication since Matt LaPorta received the honor in 2007. In addition, Zunino was the first catcher from UF to earn A-A distinction since Brian Rose was a third-team pick in 2003 from the American Baseball Coaches Association.


The 2011 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Zunino is a member of the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. The first-team All-SEC selection leads the top-ranked Gators and is among the league leaders in batting 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 registered a .996 fielding percentage, with two errors in 486 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.


Zunino batted .422 in conference games, second behind LSUís Mikie Mahtook (.425), and had 36 runs, 33 RBI, 14 doubles and eight homers in the 30 league outings. He became the first Florida catcher to earn first-team All-SEC since Mario Linares in 1991 and was a two-time SEC Player of the Week recipient.


No. 1 Florida (45-16) opens the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. by hosting fourth-seeded Manhattan (34-17) in the second game of the double-elimination Gainesville Regional to be held at McKethan Stadium. Second-seeded Miami (Fla.) (36-21) meets third-seeded Jacksonville (36-22) at noon.


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