ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Rising senior Omar Villaman was named the Most Valuable Player of the Florida League Championship after helping lead the Sanford River Rats to the championship of the collegiate summer league.
In a game played at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Villaman reached base four times on three singles and a walk. He drove in a pair of runs and also crossed plate twice as the River Rats downed the Winter Haven Diamond Dogs, 6-5, in 10 innings in the title game.
Villaman singled in his first at bat and single again to drive in a pair of runs in his second trip to the plate. He scored in both instances. After being intentionally walked in his next at bat, he would single for the third time in the game in his final at bat.
Villman hit .345 on the season for Sanford which set a league record for wins, finishing 33-12 on the year.
The Florida League is a wood bat baseball league with six teams in Central Florida. Founded in 2003, the Florida League is one of twelve leagues affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball – an alliance of college summer wood bat leagues which operates under National Collegiate Athletic Association legislation. It is recognized by Baseball America as one of the top summer leagues in the United States.