June 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It has been quite a year for Florida State softball second baseman Brandi Stuart. The junior from Cerritos, CA was named a first-team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American in her first year receiving All-American honors. She became just the second Seminole ever invited to tryout for the US National Team and was nominated to become a member of the national Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She also led her team to its first Women’s College World Series in nine years and the highest finish in the history of the program, third place.
Stuart also excelled in the classroom in 2002 and was named a Verizon District III Academic All-American in May. It was the second consecutive year she was named an Academic All-American. Then this Thursday she became the first-ever Seminole softball player to be named a national Academic All-American as she was named to Verizon’s third-team.
The second baseman had one of the most successful single seasons ever in the 24-year history of Florida State softball. She had the fourth-highest single season average in school history (.391), tied a school record for home runs in a season (10), scored the second most runs in school history (63), became just the seventh player in FSU history to record more than 45 RBIs, set a new single season record for walks (45) and is the first Seminole to ever slug over .600 for a season (.647). No player in FSU history has ever had a higher batting average and hit as many doubles, stolen as many bases or slugged for a higher percentage than Stuart did in 2002.
She led the team in average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, triples home runs, total bases, walks and stolen bases. She is the only Seminole to ever lead the team in 10 offensive categories in a single season. In 2002, Stuart became the first player at FSU to ever record 30+ RBIs in each of her first three seasons and she set the record for the most RBIs ever recorded over a three-year stretch in FSU history. After just three seasons, she is the only Seminole to appear on the career leaders list for average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and steals. Against 2002 NCAA tournament teams, Stuart hit .309, recorded four doubles, one triple and two home runs while slugging .457. She had an on base percentage of .466 and stole 14 bases in those games.
Stuart served as president of SAAC at Florida State and also served on ACC SAAC. She is a Communications major and currently holds a GPA of 3.22. The California native also was invited to try out for the US National Team in Chula Vista, CA. For more information on Stuart, the Seminole softball team or the 2002 Women’s College World Series, please visit the official athletic website for FSU sports at www.seminoles.com.