March 10, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
For the second time this season, Florida State second baseman Brandi Stuart has been named the ACC’s Player of the Week. The senior led FSU in batting average (.538), runs (5), doubles (2), triples (1), home runs (2), RBIs (6), total bases (17), slugging percentage (1.308), walks (6), on base percentage (.700) and steals (4-4) last week. She was also second on the team with seven hits and had just two strikeouts all week. A Florida State player has now won three of the first five ACC honors handed out this season and this is the fifth time Stuart has won the award in her illustrious career.
It is hard to imagine anyone having a better night than Stuart had in Troy, AL against the Lady Trojans. The senior second baseman left jaws dropped by the time the doubleheader was over and the FSU bus pulled out of town. In two games, Stuart went 6 for 7 with five runs scored, two doubles, two homeruns, four RBIs, 14 total bases and three steals. She slugged 2.000 and hit .857 in the twin bill. She raised her season’s batting average 55 points (.364 to .419) in just those two games. When she came up for her final at bat in the second game it was hard to imagine any way she could really top what she had done the previous seven times she stepped to the plate but her shot down the right field line and the resulting inside the park homerun put a great cap on the night.
She continued to pound the ball at the 2003 Seminole Invitational when she got the chance. After two doubles and two homers in Troy, Stuart completed the cycle for the week with her two-RBI triple against Rutgers in the opening game of the tournament. In the conclusion of the rain-shortened tournament, Penn State pitched around the All-American all night in FSU’s only loss as Stuart drew four walks in the 11-inning game.
The 14th-ranked Seminoles return to action Wednesday, March 12 in Fullerton, CA at the prestigious KIA Klassic. The Seminoles finished tied for third at the KIA last year and they open the tournament with Long Beach State this season. Florida State will also have a rematch with No. 2 Arizona who they lost to in the semi-finals of the 2002 College World Series and then wrap-up pool play with Louisiana-Lafayette. For more information on the 2003 FSU Softball team, please log on to the official home of Florida State athletics on the web at www.seminoles.com.