June 9, 2012; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators catcher Mike Zunino leads off second base during game one of the Gainesville super regional at McKethan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE
The Mike Zunino hit parade stopped a while back, what with that whole "Florida baseball flaming out at the College World Series" thing, but his march through college baseball's awards season continued unabated after that, and came to the best possible close on Friday. That's when Zunino was named the winner of the Golden Spikes Award, college baseball's most prestigious player of the year honor, becoming the first Gator to do so.
As GatorZone notes, he's in great company with his offseason haul — even if the company's a Seminole.
Zunino joined fellow catcher Buster Posey (2008) as the only player to collect the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award in the same campaign.
About the only thing Zunino didn't get during his collegiate career was a College World Series ring, and that's likely to burn him and his teammates for many years to come. But you can't have a much better individual season in college baseball than Zunino did — certainly, his is the best single season by a Florida baseball player in program history — and I'm happy to have been able to see it and privileged to have been able to cover it.