In the 23-year history of the award, McLaughlin is the fourth Gator recipient and first since basketball player Patric Young claimed the 2014 scholarship.
UF will be one of six teams in Session II of the NCAA Championships beginning tonight at 7 in the Chaifetz Arena and airing live on ESPNU.
No Gator is hotter than junior infielder Jonathan India, who paced the team last week with a .571 average.
The Gators had a strong finish on the floor routine and two Perfect 10's from McMurtry
Florida athletes Kelly Barnhill, Alex McMurtry and Belinda Woolcock are among the 12 finalists for the Collegiate Women's Sports Award.