May 22, 2002
Oklahoma City, OK –
For just the fourth time in the 24-year history of Florida State softball, the Seminoles had one of their own named a first team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American. Junior second baseman Brandi Stuart garnered first team honors Wednesday night at the 2002 Women’s College World Series banquet. She became just the second junior in FSU history to be named to the first team and the first junior since 1993.
“It is really surprising but such an honor,” said Stuart after the award banquet. “I want to thank my team for putting me in a position to win this. Without them, this never would have happened. They gave me so much support on and off the field. I owe this honor to them.”
Stuart is in the midst of one of the most prolific seasons in Florida State softball history. She completed the 2002 regular season hitting .413 with seven doubles, seven triples, 10 homers, 44 RBIs and 50 steals while slugging .698 for the year. On top of leading the team in 10 offensive categories, the Cerritos, CA native has also established single season records for home runs (10) and walks (48). Her current average of .401 is the third highest single season average in school history and no FSU player has ever hit for a higher average and drove in as many runs, hit as a many doubles, triples and home runs and had a higher slugging percentage than Stuart has in 2002.
This season, she became the only player in 24 years of FSU softball to record 30+ RBIs in her first three seasons as a Seminole and nobody in FSU history has amassed more RBIs over a three year period than the second baseman has. In just three seasons, Stuart has become the only player to wear Garnet and Gold that has ever appeared on the career leaders list for runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and steals and she is already in the top five for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases.
“I am just so excited for her,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “This is a tribute to all of her hard work and consistency. It is a tremendous honor for Brandi, this team and the entire university.”
Stuart has improved her game every year and enters the 2002 WCWS batting 40 percentage points higher as a junior than she did as a sophomore. This season, she has scored 13 more runs, has five more doubles, five more home runs, nine more RBIs and is slugging a whopping 157 points higher in 2002 than she did in 2001. Against NCAA Tournament teams in 2002, the Cerritos, CA native hit an impressive .327, slugged .509, stole 13 bases and knocked in five RBIs in 21 games.
Florida State opens the 2002 College World Series tomorrow when they square off with No. 1 seed UCLA at 11:00 a.m. EST. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and it is the opening game of this year’s national tournament. This is Florida State’s sixth trip to the World Series and they will go for the program’s first-ever win against the Bruins and just the school’s second-ever opening round win at the WCWS. For more information on the Seminole softball team and the 2002 College World Series, please log on to seminoles.com. Feel like you are with FSU in Oklahoma City by logging on to the university’s official athletic website, which has a 2002 College World Series webpage that contains a live stats link, World Series photo galleries and diaries, press conference transcripts and so much more.