May 2, 2002
Oklahoma City, OK –
Florida State All-American candidate Brandi Stuart (Cerritos, CA) was selected by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee to participate in the USA Softball National Team Camp at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The announcement was made by Ronnie Isham, Director of National Teams Tuesday.
“I am really excited about the invitation and I am looking forward to it,” said Stuart. “All I am thinking about now is working really hard for the final stretch run of the season and National Team Camp.
“The chance to play for my country has always been in the back of my mind and if the opportunity ever arrived I knew it would be something I would love to do. This is such an honor and I appreciate the opportunity USA Softball is giving me.”
The invitation affords Stuart the opportunity to play for the United States in the upcoming U.S. Cup, Canada Cup, World Championships, Japan Cup and the USA Softball Training Tour. Stuart is the first Seminole to be invited to National Team Camp since Danielle Cox in 1999 and is just the second player in FSU history to garner an invitation.
The second baseman is in the midst of the single best season in the 24-year history of Florida State softball. Stuart is currently hitting .412, slugging .709 and has scored 56 runs. She has seven doubles, seven triples, a school-record 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. Stuart leads the team in every one of those categories except RBIs where she is just two behind senior Kimmy Carter. Stuart has also stolen 47 bases this season. No player in FSU softball history has ever hit for a higher average and has driven in as many runs, hit as many doubles, triples and home runs and had a higher slugging percentage than Stuart has in 2002.
“This is a great honor for Brandi and it is well deserved,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “She is in the midst of a great season and a phenomenal career and I think she will do very well in California at National Team Camp.”
With 41 RBIs this year, Stuart became the only player in FSU’s 24-year history to record 30+ RBIs in each of her first three seasons and one of only two players at FSU to ever record 30+ RBIs in three seasons. She is also one of only four players to ever lead FSU in average, HR’s, slugging pct. and stolen bases in a single season.
“We are playing really well as a team and that helps individuals perform when the team is having so much success,” said Stuart. “We have been really fortunate this year and I have been lucky enough to come through when the opportunity presented itself. Hopefully there are more good things to come.”
With her success in 2002, Stuart is making her mark on numerous FSU career records despite playing for less than three full seasons. She is the only player in FSU history to appear on the career leaders list in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and steals and the junior is already in the top five for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. She is slugging more than 223 points higher this year than her career average and with her average currently at .412; she is threatening to become just the fourth player in FSU history to hit .400 for a season. She is in-line to finish the season with the second-highest average in team history. Her career batting average of .367 is the highest career batting average in FSU history.
For more information on Brandi Stuart or Seminole softball, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.