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USF Baseball Freshman SS Nick Gonzalez Named AAC Player of the Week

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The freshman and Alonso alum shined this past weekend against Samford.

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USF baseball freshman Nick Gonzalez was named the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week after a fantastic debut weekend against Samford.

The Alonso High alumnus batted at an even .500 clip (7-for-14), with a home run, three RBI, and four runs scored. He also converted 9-of-10 chances in the field at the shortstop position, as USF notched a series win against defending SOCON champion Samford.

Gonzalez was penciled into the nine-hole on Opening Day, where he hit a three-run home run in his first collegiate at-bat. He went 2-for-4 in that game, before being catapulted to the lead-off spot for the final two games of the weekend.

He finished with multi-hit games in both of those contests and scored three runs.

A single from the freshman in the second inning on Sunday set the table for Jordan Santos to rip a go-ahead two-run double in the Bulls’ 4-1 victory.

“Nicky’s like a veteran,” USF coach Billy Mohl said on Sunday. “He’s got a real knack for finding the barrel.”

The Bulls return to action on Tuesday, playing host to the #5 Florida Gators at the USF Baseball Complex. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.