Florida Catcher Earns First-Team All-American Honors

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Sophomore catcher Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America on Thursday after previously being chosen to the second team produced by Louisville Slugger and to the third team released by the National Baseball Collegiate Writers Association (NCBWA).

The 2011 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Zunino is a member of the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. The first-team All-SEC selection leads the top-ranked Gators and is among the league leaders in batting average (.376), total bases (168), hits (92), runs (72), doubles (22), homers (18), slugging percentage (.686) and on-base percentage (.444). He has registered a .996 fielding percentage, with two errors in 524 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.

In UF’s six NCAA Tourney games, Zunino is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with nine runs, seven RBI, three homers and three doubles. Last weekend versus Mississippi State in the Super Regional, he was 6-for-13 (.462) and belted a pair of round-trippers.

Zunino batted .422 in conference games, second behind LSU’s 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.

After capturing both the Regional and Super Regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament held at McKethan Stadium, Florida (50-17) opens the 2011 NCAA College World Series on Saturday at 7 p.m. by facing Texas (49-17) on ESPN.

2011 Baseball America All-America Teams

First Team
C Mike Zunino, FLORIDA
1B C.J. Cron, Utah
2B Kolten Wong, Hawaii
3B Colin Moran, North Carolina
SS Brad Miller, Clemson
OF Jason Krizan, Dallas Baptist
OF Mikie Mahtook, Louisiana State
OF Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
DH Jake Lowery, James Madison
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia

SP Trevor Bauer, UCLA
SP Sean Gilmartin, Florida State
SP Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP Michael Roth, South Carolina
RP Cody Martin, Gonzaga
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia

Second Team
C Nick Rickles, Stetson
1B Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt
2B Tommy La Stella, Coastal Carolina
3B Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt
SS Joe Panik, St. John's
OF Trever Adams, Creighton
OF Bryson Myles, Stephen F. Austin
OF George Springer, Connecticut
DH Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville
UT Nick Ramirez, Cal State Fullerton

SP Matt Barnes, Connecticut
SP Grayson Garvin, Vanderbilt
SP Sam Gaviglio, Oregon State
SP Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt
RP Corey Knebel, Texas
UT Nick Ramirez, Cal State Fullerton

Third Team
C Tyler Ogle, Oklahoma
1B Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B Dan Paolini, Siena
3B Matt Leeds, College of Charleston
SS Chad Zurcher, Memphis
OF Daniel Aldrich, Coll. of Charleston
OF James Ramsey, Florida State
OF Dusty Robinson, Fresno State
DH Joey DeMichele, Arizona State
UT Bo Reeder, East Tennessee State

SP Greg Gonzalez, Fresno State
SP Mark Pope, Georgia Tech
SP Matt Summers, UC Irvine
SP Michael Wacha, Texas A&M
RP Matt Price, South Carolina
UT Bo Reeder, East Tennessee State

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