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Casey Turgeon was a force out of the leadoff spot as the Gators swept the Crimson Tide.

Monday May 5, 2014UF Baseball's Casey Turgeon Named SEC Player of the Week For First Time

Gainesville, Fla.

Casey Turgeon was a force out of the leadoff spot as the Gators swept the Crimson Tide.

Florida junior second baseman Casey Turgeon was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the first time in his career after powering Floridaís offense to a sweep at No. 20 Alabama with a .727 (8-for-11) batting average. He became the first recipient from the Gators since infielder Zack Powers received the honor on Feb. 19, 2013. Turgeon was an SEC Freshman of the Week honoree on May 7, 2012.

 

Turgeonís Highlights

 

         Keyed Floridaís first three-game sweep of Western Division co-leader Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1988

         The leadoff hitter helped extend the Gatorsí SEC winning streak to school-record-tying 11 games, last done in 1968

         Batted .727 (8-for-11) in the series, with .909 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage

         Had multiple hits in all three contests and scored in every game

         Opened the weekend by going 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a run and a sacrifice bunt as the Gators won, 7-3

         Was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI double in the fifth inning and drew a pair of walks as Florida clinched the series on Saturday, 4-3

         Added two more hits in the series finale, contributed a sacrifice bunt and scored a run

         Had a perfect fielding percentage and was part of all four Gator double plays

 

Ranked No. 4 by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game, the Gators (33-15/18-6 SEC) will face No. 24 Mercer (34-11/16-5 A-Sun) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium before welcoming No. 18 Vanderbilt (36-12/14-10 SEC) to town for a three-game series starting on Thursday night.

 

Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert will call the action on the Gator IMG Sports Network this week. Live stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.

 

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