Fontana Named SEC Player of the Week

Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana was named SEC Player of the Week for his play during last week's four-game schedule. The sophomore posted a .600 on-base percentage in Florida's weekend series victory at No. 2 Vanderbilt, which forced a three-way tie atop the SEC standings.

It was Fontana's second SEC Player of the Week award, coming as Florida won its first series at Vanderbilt since 2005.

In the four games last week, Fontana hit .467 (7-for-15) as the Gators went 3-1. Against Vanderbilt, Fontana hit .455 (5-for-11) with a .727 slugging percentage, scoring three runs, walking three times and driving in two runs. Both RBIs came on a two-run homer that tied the first game of the series at four. The Gators would eventually win that game 6-5 after Josh Adams hit a solo home run and Bryson Smith had an RBI double.

Fontana didn't make an error in 16 chances.

He went 3-for-5 in Sunday's series finale, his 17th multiple-hit game this season. Fontana scored the tying run in the eighth inning on a Mike Zunino sacrifice fly. He started Florida's 12th inning rally with a walk.

Fontana is now hitting .315 this season with 42 runs scored, 33 RBIs, 10 doubles and a team-high five triples. Fontana is hitting .316 with 22 RBIs and 16 runs scored in SEC play.

Florida hosts Jacksonville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before Kentucky comes to Gainesville for a three-game series beginning on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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