May 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Its hard to imagine Seminole second baseman Brandi Stuart having a better week than she has had over the last seven days. The junior from Cerritos, CA was invited to USA Softball National Team Camp last Thursday, the next day she was nominated to the National Student Athlete Advisory Committee and today she was named to the Verizon District III Academic All-America Team and a member of the 2002 All-ACC Softball Team.
Her selection as an Academic All-American marks the second straight year the Cerritos, CA native has garnered such an honor. She currently holds a 3.22 GPA and her major is Communication Studies. She has been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll in 2000 and 2001 and is a three-time member of the Dean’s list. She is a team captain this year and also serves as President of the Student Athletic Advisory Council (2001 – Present).
She started all 61 games at second base for FSU this year and tied a single season record for home runs at FSU with 10. She is in the top five in the nation in stolen bases and leads 21st-ranked FSU in nine offensive categories. No player in FSU softball history has ever hit for a higher average and drove in as many runs, hit as many doubles, triples and home runs and had a higher slugging percentage than Stuart has in 2002. This season, Stuart set the record for the most RBIs ever recorded over a three-year period at FSU and she became the only player in Seminole softball history to appear on the career leaders list in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and steals.
The All-American candidate is in the midst of the most prolific season in the 24-year history of Seminole Softball, which is saying a lot on a team that has produced 21 All-Americans including five first team selections. She was named to the Verizon District III Academic All-American for the second consecutive season and was invited to Team USA Softball National Team Camp based on her numbers this year. She is just the second Seminole to ever be invited to try out for the US National Team. She is currently 18th in the nation in batting average and triples and fourth in steals. She established career highs in average, runs, triples, homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, walks and steals and she hit 64 percentage points higher and slugged 157 percentage points higher this year than her career average. The second baseman knocked in nine more runs, had one more triple, five more home runs, eight more RBIs, six more walks and eight more steals in 2002 then her previous best season and she leads the team in batting average (.413), runs scored (58), total bases (125), at bats (179).
Stuart ranks third in batting average in the conference at .413, ranks first in triples with seven and runs scored with 58. She was second in stolen bases with 50 and an on base percentage of .507 and tied for second in hits with 74. Stuart was third in walks (34) and total bases (125) and she has a slugging percentage of .698 with 50 singles, seven doubles, seven triples and ten home runs, which is good for third in the conference. The second baseman’s 44 RBIs and 10 home runs are good for fourth and fifth, respectively. Against teams in the ACC, Stuart ranked fourth in average, batting .429, lead the conference in triples with two, runs scored with nine, and tied for first in stolen bases with four. She slugged a conference leading 1.000 percent, with two singles, one double, two triples, and one home run in only 14 at bats. She is tied for first in on base percentage at .619 with fellow teammate Kimmy Carter and finished third in walks with seven, averaging a little more than a walk a game. She was also tied for third in RBIs with six and tied for fifth in total bases with 14.
Florida State opens conference tournament play Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles open up with the winner of the day’s first game between North Carolina and Virginia at 3:00 p.m. For more information on the 2002 ACC Softball Tournament including game times and ticket prices, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.