2012 Florida Gators baseball team

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2012 Florida Gators baseball
Florida Gators script logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
2012 record 47–20 (18–12 SEC)
Head coach Kevin O'Sullivan (5th year)
Assistant coach Brad Weitzel (5th year)
Craig Bell (5th year)
Home stadium Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern
#2 South Carolina xy 18 11   .621     49 20   .710
#6 Florida y 18 12   .600     47 20   .701
#19 Kentucky y 18 12   .600     45 18   .714
#25 Vanderbilt y 16 14   .533     35 28   .556
Georgia 14 15   .483     31 26   .544
Tennessee 8 22   .267     24 31   .436
Western
#11 LSU xy 19 11   .633     47 18   .723
#3 Arkansas y 16 14   .533     46 22   .676
Mississippi State y 16 14   .533     40 24   .625
Ole Miss y 14 16   .467     37 26   .587
Auburn 13 17   .433     31 28   .525
Alabama 9 21   .300     21 34   .382
x – Division champion
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
As of June 26, 2012[1]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll

The 2012 Florida Gators baseball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of baseball during the 2012 college baseball season. The Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium, on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The team was coached by Kevin O'Sullivan, who was in his fifth season at Florida. The Gators sought to build upon their appearance in the 2011 College World Series Finals, where they were eliminated by South Carolina in two games.

After being eliminated in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, the Gators were selected as the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. After winning the Gainesville Regional and Super Regional, they advanced to the College World Series for the third consecutive year. There they were eliminated after just two games, losing to South Carolina and Kent State.

The Gators had nine players selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft including junior catcher Mike Zunino, recipient of the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy.[2]

Roster[edit]

2012 Florida Gators baseball team
Players Coaches
# Pos. Name Bats/Throws Height Weight Year Home town
23 RHP Crawford, JonathonJonathon Crawford R/L 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Okeechobee, FL
20 INF Dent, CodyCody Dent L/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Boynton Beach, FL
29 C Fahrman, MikeMike Fahrman R/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Tampa, FL
4 INF Fontana, NolanNolan Fontana L/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Winter Garden, FL
6 LHP Gibson, DanielDaniel Gibson L/L 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Lutz, FL
17 C Gushue, TaylorTaylor Gushue S/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Boca Raton, FL
24 RHP Harris, RyanRyan Harris R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Jupiter, FL
31 C Haskel, ToddTodd Haskel R/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS So Palm Harbor, FL
35 LHP Johnson, BrianBrian Johnson L/L 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Cocoa Beach, FL
28 RHP Kish, KeenanKeenan Kish L/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Worcester, PA
37 RHP Larson, GregGreg Larson R/R 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Longwood, FL
10 RHP Maddox, AustinAustin Maddox R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Jacksonville, FL
45 RHP Magliozzi, JohnnyJohnny Magliozzi R/R 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr East Milton, MA
13 OF Mitchell, ConnorConnor Mitchell L/R 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr Tampa, FL
41 INF Moyer, JeffJeff Moyer L/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Winter Springs, FL
8 OF Pigott, DanielDaniel Pigott R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Ormond Beach, FL
5 INF Powers, ZackZack Powers L/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Seffner, FL
14 LHP Poyner, BobbyBobby Poyner L/L 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Wellington, FL
30 INF Ramjit, VickashVickash Ramjit R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Miami, FL
11 RHP Randall, HudsonHudson Randall R/R 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Atlanta, GA
26 OF Reid, CoryCory Reid R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Port St. Lucie, FL
27 RHP Rhodes, AaronAaron Rhodes L/R 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Venice, FL
32 LHP Rodriguez, StevenSteven Rodriguez L/L 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Miami, FL
15 C Sedell, BrandonBrandon Sedell R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Davie, FL
16 INF Shafer, JustinJustin Shafer R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Lake Wales, FL
21 LHP Stump, CoreyCorey Stump L/L 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Lakeland, FL
18 OF Thompson, TylerTyler Thompson L/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Tequesta, FL
12 INF Tobias, JoshJosh Tobias S/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Greensboro, NC
34 INF Trent, SeanSean Trent R/R 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Maitland, FL
25 INF Tucker, PrestonPreston Tucker L/L 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Tampa, FL
2 INF Turgeon, CaseyCasey Turgeon L/R 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Palm Harbor, FL
22 RHP Whitson, KarstenKarsten Whitson R/R 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Chipley, FL
3 C Zunino, MikeMike Zunino R/R 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Cape Coral, FL
Head coach

7 Kevin O'Sullivan

Assistant coach(es)

42 Brad Weitzel
33 Craig Bell


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Current redshirt

Schedule[edit]

2012 Florida Gators Baseball Game Log
Regular Season
Post-Season

Rankings from USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll. All times Eastern. Parenthesis indicate tournament seedings. Retrieved from Gatorzone.com

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
Coaches'[3] 1 1* 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 2 5 5 3 2 1 6 
Baseball America[4] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 5 5 7 6 3 3 1 3 
Collegiate Baseball^[5] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 4 8 5 5 4 3 7 
NCBWA[6] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 2 5 5 2 2 1 6

^ Collegiate Baseball ranks 40 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
NCBWA ranks 35 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
* New poll was not released for this week so for comparison purposes the previous week's ranking is inserted in this week's slot.

Awards and honors[edit]

Jonathon Crawford
  • Pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 2012 against Bethune-Cookman in the opening round of the Gainesville Regional tournament. It was the first Gators solo no-hitter since 1991 and the seventh no-hitter in NCAA Tournament history.[7]
Nolan Fontana
  • Second-team All-SEC[8]
  • SEC All-Defensive team[8]
Taylor Gushue
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (2/13/12–2/20/12). On Feb. 17, Gushue homered on the first pitch he saw as a collegian and on Feb. 18 hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning of a series-clinching win over Cal State Fullerton.[9]
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (2/27/12–3/5/12). Gushue hit .400 (4-for-10), with four RBI, three runs and a pair of homers during a three game sweep at #8 Miami.[10]
Brian Johnson
  • SEC Player of the Week (4/9/12–4/16/12). Johnson batted .471 (8-for-17) with a team-high seven RBI during four games, including a victory at #1 Florida State and a series win at Tennessee.[11]
  • First-team All-SEC[8]
Steven Rodriguez
  • First-team All-SEC[8]
Josh Tobias
  • SEC All-Freshman team[8]
Preston Tucker
  • SEC Player of the Week (3/12/12–3/19/12). Tucker batted .400 (6-for-15) in four victories including a three-game-sweep of Vanderbilt.[12]
  • First-team All-SEC[8]
Casey Turgeon
  • SEC Player of the Week (5/1/12–5/8/12). Turgeon batted .400 (4-for-10) and scored a game-winning run during a series win at #6 Kentucky.[13]
Mike Zunino
  • College Baseball 360 Primetime Player Of The Week (2/28/12–3/6/12). Zunino batted .400 (6-for-15) with five runs, four RBI, three doubles and a home-run during a three game sweep at #8 Miami.[14]
  • Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (3/5/12–3/12/12). Zunino batted .389 (7-for-18) with five runs, 11 RBI, four home-runs and a slugging percentage of 1.111 during five wins.[15]
  • First-team All-SEC[8]
  • SEC All-Defensive team[8]
  • 2012 Dick Howser Trophy (College Baseball Player of the Year) recipient.[16]

Gators in the MLB Draft[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Round Selection Player Position Team
1 3 Mike Zunino C Seattle Mariners
1 31 Brian Johnson LHP/1B Boston Red Sox
2 61 Nolan Fontana SS Houston Astros
2 82 Steven Rodriguez LHP Los Angeles Dodgers
3 118 Austin Maddox RHP Boston Red Sox
7 219 Preston Tucker OF Houston Astros
7 244 Hudson Randall RHP Detroit Tigers
9 292 Daniel Pigott OF Cincinnati Reds
20 631 Greg Larson RHP Boston Red Sox

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