Thursday September 26, 2013Gator Baseball Names 2013 Award Recipients
The Gator Dugout Club, supporters of the University of Florida baseball program, announced its award winners from the 2013 season on Thursday following voting from its membership. Outfielder Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.), infielder/outfielder Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.), first baseman Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) and third baseman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.), each emerged victorious after the ballots were counted.
Bader earned the Dave Fuller Award, presented annually to the year's most timely hitter. Fuller guided Florida's program from 1948-75 and compiled an overall mark of 557-354-6 (.610) over his 28 seasons at the helm. Chosen to the SECís All-Freshman Team, Bader saw action in all 59 games last season for UF, with 57 starts (35-LF, 22-CF), and led the Gators with a .312 batting average and 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He tied Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) for the team lead with 69 hits and was second on the squad with 37 runs, 17 multiple-hit games and a .371 on-base percentage. Bader drew 18 walks and chipped in with 10 extra-base hits (seven doubles, two triples and one homer) in overall games and was second on the club in SEC play with a .312 clip.
Dent will be the recipient of the P.A. Lee Memorial Award, presented to the Gator baseball player who best exemplifies P.A. Lee's positive and enthusiastic attitude. Lee was an assistant coach at UF from 1962-72. A four-year letterwinner for the Orange and Blue who enjoyed three-straight trips to the NCAA College World Series from 2010-12, Dent was chosen to the CWS All-Tournament Team in 2011 and played in 184 games with 101 starts as a Gator. He ranks sixth on the schoolís career chart with 24 sacrifice bunts. Selected by the Washington Nationals in the 22nd round with the 676th selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, Dent was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third year in a row and was chosen to the SEC Community Service Team. He started 48 games in his final collegiate season, 37 at shortstop and 11 in center field, and saw action in 52 of the Gatorsí 59 contests. Dent led the team with 10 sacrifices.
Ramjit will collect the Mr. Gator Baseball Award, symbolic of the player who most personifies the spirit of Gator Baseball. A three-year letterwinner for the Gators, he batted .295 in 156 career games and 110 starts. In addition, Ramjit boasted a career average of .339 in 75 SEC games, compiled a .988 fielding percentage and had 900 putouts. The Miami native established a school record with 20 putouts in the 16-inning marathon victory over Georgia on April 20, 2012, swatted a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning to defeat Ole Miss in Oxford and belted a pair of solo homers in the sixth and ninth inning as the Orange and Blue evened its series at sixth-ranked South Carolina in his junior season. In 2011, Ramjit connected on his first career homer in the second inning of the decisive game of the Gainesville Super Regional versus Mississippi State, one week after batting .455 with three runs and two doubles in the Gainesville Regional.
Tobias will receive the Steve Georgiadis Award, presented to the Gator baseball player who has most overcome adversity. The Georgiadis Award is given in memory of former Gator pitcher Steve Georgiadis, who passed away on March 17, 1990. In his sophomore season, Tobias played 51 games and made 45 starts (30 at third base, nine at second base and six as Floridaís designated hitter). He batted .260 with 21 runs, 18 RBI, nine walks, five doubles and three homers, was 6-for-9 on stolen-base attempts and had eight multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI outings. Tobias led the Gators with a .625 (5-for-8) clip during the NCAA Bloomington Regional, highlighted by a career-best 4-for-4 effort against Valparaiso. He singled in the second, roped an RBI double in the fourth, delivered an RBI single in the fifth and stroked another single in the eighth inning versus the Crusaders.