May 30, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Gage Smith and DJ Stewart were recognized for their work in the classroom this past year earning Capital One Academic All-America® accolades. The 2014 Academic All-America® Division I Baseball team was announced on Friday, May 30 and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Smith garnered second team honors, while Stewart was named to the third team. It marked just the second time in school history, and first since 1970, that multiple Seminoles were named Academic All-Americans in the same year. In 1970, Florida State was recognized with three honorees including Greg Gromek (SS, First Team), Carl Gromek (P, First Team) and Dick Nichols (INF, Second Team).
Smith and Stewart become the 10th and 11th Seminole baseball players to earn this honor and the first since James Ramsey was honored in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012.
Florida State was one of four schools in 2014 to place two student-athletes on the Division I Academic All-America® team joining Mercer, Southeast Missouri and Canisius.
Smith enters the NCAA Tournament leading the ACC and tied for second nationally with 38 appearances. The Tallahassee, Fla., has led the league in appearances the last two years and has 112 career relief appearances in three years which ranks third all-time at Florida State.
The senior right hander is 5-2 on the year with a 2.08 ERA and one save. Smith has thrown 60.2 innings this year recording 31 strikeouts while walking just five. He threw a career-high 6.1 shutout innings in a come-from-behind victory at Georgia Tech earlier this year.
In the classroom, Smith was named the 2013 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year and garnered a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team in 2013 and 2014. He is a four-time Dean’s List and three-time President’s List honoree at FSU. Smith, who earned his degree in business management, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and 2013 and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Stewart, who garnered All-ACC honors for the second year in a row, became the seventh Seminole in school history to garner Player of the Year accolades. He was also recently recognized as a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy and a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
The sophomore outfielder heads into the NCAA Tournament ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in nine offensive categories while leading the league in average (.348), on-base percentage (.469) and slugging percentage (.561). He also ranks in the top 50 nationally in four categories including double per game (0.37, 31st), on-base percentage (34th), base-on-balls per game (0.75, 34th) and doubles (19, 35th).
Stewart finished league play hitting .388 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI in 26 games. The Yulee, Fla., native sits second on the team in both multi-hit (19) and multi-RBI (12) games. He has recorded a career-high four hits three times in 2014. Stewart has reached base safely in 50 of the 51 games in which he has played this year. An ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree, Stewart is a two-time member of FSU’s Dean’s List. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in sport management.