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Monday June 4, 2012UF's Mike Zunino Named Finalist For Johnny Bench Award For Second-Straight Year

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) was named one of the three finalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com announced on Monday. In becoming a finalist for the second year in a row, the Gator standout joins junior Mitchell Garver of New Mexico and junior Kevin Plawecki of Purdue vying for the prize presented to the nationís top catcher.


A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita, Kan., and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28.

 

A first-team Louisville Slugger All-American who is also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, Zunino leads the Gators in total bases (154), RBI (60), doubles (27), homers (18), sacrifice flies (9) and slugging percentage (.667). A two-time first-team All-SEC recipient and two-time member of the leagueís All-Defensive Team who is hitting .316, he has registered a .994 fielding percentage, with three errors in 474 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.

 

Over the weekend, Zunino was 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 as the top-ranked Gators (45-18) advanced to Super Regionals for the fourth-straight campaign.

Johnny Benchís career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13-consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth-highest percentage of total votes cast.

Statistics as of June 4, 2012

Player

AVG

GP-GS

AB

R

H

Garver

.377

61-61

268

68

101

Plawecki

.359

59-59

223

54

80

Zunino

.316

62-62

231

50

73

Player

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

Garver

27

3

10

57

164

Plawecki

20

4

7

47

129

Zunino

27

0

18

60

154

Player

SLG%

BB

HBP

SO

OB%

Garver

.612

25

4

28

.438

Plawecki

.578

26

12

8

.445

Zunino

.667

28

5

45

.388

Player

PO

A

E

FLD%

Garver

390

51

5

.989

Plawecki

311

43

2

.994

Zunino

426

45

3

.994

Player

SBA-ATT

CSB%

PB

C

Garver

32-53

.396

10

0

Plawecki

25-41

.390

3

0

Zunino

45-65

.308

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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