Florida junior righty Brady Singer received another significant individual honor Thursday.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Singer was named Baseball America’s player of the year, becoming the first pitcher to win the award since UCLA’s Trevor Bauer won it in 2011. In addition, Singer joined catcher Mike Zunino (2012) as just the second player in UF history to win Baseball America POY honors.
Singer (10-1, 2.25 ERA) was named SEC pitcher of the year earlier this month. The Eustis native has posted a team-high 10 wins while holding opposing hitters to a .186 average, with 92 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched.
Singer has sat out the past two weeks with a hamstring strain, but said Thursday he’s 100 percent and is slated to pitch UF’s second regional game Saturday against either three-seed Florida Atlantic or two seed Jacksonville.
“The last week, week and a half I’ve been throwing,” Singer said. “I threw the day after I had the injury. It feels good. I’m ready to go.”
Two more Gators, junior right-hander Michael Byrne and third baseman Jonathan India joined Singer on the Baseball America All-America First Team.
Byrne has a 1.99 earned run average with 13 saves in 29 appearances. Earlier this year, he broke the UF record for career saves, which now stands at 32.
India leads the Gators with a .362 batting average and 17 home runs on the season and has 42 RBI. He was named the SEC Player of the Year after leading the league in slugging percentage (.723) and on-base percentage (.502).
NCAA Gainesville Regional | Friday
12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Columbia (20-28), Sr. RHP Harrison Egly (3-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. Florida (42-17), Fr. RHP Tommy Mace (4-0, 4.44)
6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
FAU (40-17-1), R-Jr. RHP Blake Sanderson (1-1, 4.85), vs. Jacksonville (39-19)
Jr. RHP Chris Gau (8-3, 2.65 ERA)