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Casey Turgeon was the second player in school history to be tabbed as the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week.

Tuesday May 6, 2014UF Baseball's Casey Turgeon Named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week

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Casey Turgeon was the second player in school history to be tabbed as the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 4 on Tuesday. Florida junior second baseman Casey Turgeon was named National Hitter of the Week, while Oregon State junior left-hander Jace Fry was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. 

 

Turgeon became just the second recipient from Florida in school history, joining slugger Matt LaPorta (March 27, 2007).

 

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

 

The No. 8 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. 10 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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