May 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Justin Gonzalez was named ACC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after leading the Seminoles to a 3-0 week including two wins over Maryland to help the Seminoles secure their eighth ACC series victory of the season.
After missing three games with a sore right hamstring, Gonzalez returned to the starting line-up in a mid-week match-up at Jacksonville. The junior shortstop recorded a single and scored a run against the Dolphins while playing phenomenal defense assisting on six putouts including on a ball up the middle in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on which he got to and threw over to first for the out.
Against Maryland, Gonzalez paced the Seminole offense hitting .600 (3-for-5) as two of his three hits left the yard. He crushed a two-run, opposite field shot in game one against the Terps, while driving in another run in FSU’s four-run third inning.
Gonzalez had a perfect day at the plate in game two of the series reaching base on all four plate appearances. After walking and scoring in his first at-bat in the second inning, Gonzalez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the third and cleared them all as he hit a monster home run to left center for his second grand slam of the season and of his career. He would finish the game with a single and another walk his final two at-bats.
For the week, the Miami, Fla., native slugged 1.111, while posting an on-base percentage of .545.
Gonzalez and the Seminoles are in action tonight, Monday May 7, for the series finale against Maryland as part of the ACC Monday’s on ESPNU. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.