May 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Maintaining a high grade point average can be tough for any students, but it can be particularly difficult for student-athletes. Florida State sophomore Melissa May has found a way to excel in both and was recognized for her efforts on and off the field with a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-District Three selection.
May (San Diego, Calif.) maintains a 3.91 grade point average in child development while being one of the top pitchers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Through three semesters at Florida State she has been on the President’s List once (4.0 gpa) and twice on the Dean’s List (3.5 gpa and higher). Last season she was named to the All-ACC Academic Softball Team and the ACC Honor Roll.
“A lot of it has to do with how I was raised; my parents encouraged me to do my best in school and when I came here I continued have to same strong work ethic,” May said. “Time management is so crucial. When I first came here I didn’t think I had enough time for everything, but once I learned how to manage my time better and put aside time to study I’ve been more productive and successful.”
The Rancho Bernardo High School product’s selection runs Florida State’s streak to six consecutive years with an Academic All-District selection. Brandi Stuart collected the first two honors in 2002 & 2003, while Natasha Jacob carried the torch the last three years, including the program’s initial First-Team Academic All-American in 2006. She was one of six players from the ACC named to one of the two teams.
After being sidelined by illness the majority of her freshman season, May bounced back to have a great sophomore campaign in the circle. She posted a team-best 1.82 ERA that ranked her third in the conference while also rating in the league’s top ten for shutouts (4th – five), innings pitched (7th – 4.77), complete games (7th – 12) and opponent batting average (10th – .236).
“Melissa does a great job of balancing her time and setting her priorities,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “One of the big keys to having a successful academic career is to get off to a good start and Melissa has been a tremendous student from the first day that she was here. She had a great year all-around in the classroom and on the field and we’re looking forward to another great season from her next year.”
Earlier in the year she had perhaps her best outing as a Seminole as she threw her first collegiate no hitter, 8-0, against Memphis. May exceeded all of her numbers from her freshman campaign, posting 12 victories in 119.1 innings pitched with 55 strikeouts and a team-low 31 walks. May was a key part of a pitching staff that lowered its ERA by nearly a run from a year ago.
For the 20th time in school history, and the eighth season in a row, the Seminoles ended their season in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State finished the year with a 44-25 record, its 26th 40-win season.