Zunino Named to Team USA

It's hard to imagine Mike Zunino's season could get any better, but it may have done just that on Tuesday. Florida's sophomore catcher was named to 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, joining Florida pitcher Brian Johnson and shortstop Nolan Fontana.

The team will come together on June 22 and leaves for a tour that is highlighted by the 38th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. The series opens on July 3 in Durham, N.C.

Zunino seemed like a sure selection with the numbers he is putting up this season. The sophomore leads the Florida offense in nine offensive categories: batting average (.367), total bases (123), hits (69), runs scored (55), RBI (51), doubles (18), home runs (12), slugging percentage (.654) and on-base percentage (.437).

He has been just as good behind the plate. Zunino has thrown out nine runners attempting to steal and has a .998 fielding percentage with one error in 411 chances.

The Florida catcher also leads the SEC in runs scored and RBI. He is second in slugging percentage, total bases and home runs, while coming in third in batting average and doubles. In league games, Zunino is hitting .400.

Additional players will be added to the team in the absence of players on the 22-man roster who are playing in the NCAA College World Series.

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