SAINT LEO, Fla. – In closing out his Saint Leo University baseball career, senior outfielder Eugene Garnett Jr. has one final piece of hardware as he was named to the 2010 Rawlings South Region Gold Glove Team it was announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association this week.
The Tampa, Fla. native finished his career starting nearly every game of the Lions’ 54-game schedule and was the only SLU player to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. In his spot in left field, the 5’10” senior snagged 86 fly balls and posted six assists without committing a single error. In leading a team that set the new single-season program mark for fielding percentage (.967), Garnett Jr. was one of just four players in the Sunshine State Conference with 90 or more chances to remain perfect on the season.
Although the award focuses primarily on a player’s skill in field, Garnett Jr. also had an impressive season with the bat as he hit .340, posted 197 hits, 50 RBI and was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases. He led the team with 11 homers and his .584 slugging percentage was tops on the squad as well.
His name will now be in the running for the NCAA Division II Rawlings All-American Gold Glove award, which will be selected on Sunday, May 22, 2010 in Cary, NC in conjunction with the Division II National Championship Tournament.