Turgeon named second-team Freshman All-America

Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:41 p.m.

Florida second baseman Casey Turgeon was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America on Thursday. This year, he started 65 of Florida’s 67 games and batted .281 with 35 runs, 30 RBIs, 27 walks, 11 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts. In seven NCAA Tournament outings, Turgeon hit .357 (10-for-28) and ranked second on the club with a .364 average in 37 non-conference games.

Turgeon becomes the ninth Freshman All-American in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s five-year tenure, joining Josh Adams (2008), Preston Tucker (2009), Nolan Fontana (2010), Brian Johnson (2010), Austin Maddox (2010), Hudson Randall (2010), Mike Zunino (2010) and Karsten Whitson (2011).

Turgeon was voted as the Gainesville Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .600 (6-for-10) over UF’s three victories, with five RBIs, four runs, two doubles, two walks and a homer. In his NCAA Tourney debut, he went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the second inning and a three-run homer in the fifth inning to account for the Gators’ four runs against Bethune-Cookman and made a leaping grab for the final out to preserve sophomore Jonathon Crawford’s no-hitter in the 4-0 triumph.

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