July 2, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – A pair of Florida State freshmen made headlines this week for their contributions on the diamond in their first season donning the Garnet and Gold. Stuart Tapley and Mike McGee earned first team Freshman All-America honors as announced by Rivals.com on Tuesday, July 1. Tapley was named to the first team as a designated hitter while McGee grabbed first team honors as a utility player thanks to his efforts both on the mound and at the plate in 2008.
Tapley started 54 games at third base in 2008 and 57 games overall. The Orlando, Fla., native finished second on the team with a .383 average collecting 75 hits in 196 at-bats. He posted 15 doubles, eight home runs and a triple to go along with 40 RBI. He ranked in the top 12 in the ACC in three offensive categories including batting average (5th), on-base percentage (7th) and slugging percentage (11th), while his eight home runs finished in a tie for fourth on the team. Tapley closed out the season riding a 34-game errorless streak at the hot corner.
Tapley also earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors, while being named a second team honoree by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Ping Baseball.
McGee contributed both offensively and defensively in his first season in Tallahassee. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native hit .344 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 58 games. McGee made 32 starts in left field and 14 as the Seminole designated hitter. He tallied eight doubles and three triples while recording 35 runs scored.
On the mound, McGee posted a 7-1 record and ranked fourth among Seminole starters with a 4.04 ERA. He made 12 appearances, including nine starts, working 55.2 innings. The freshman right hander posted 33 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .231 batting average.
McGee added second team Freshman All-America accolades as an outfielder/pitcher by the NCBWA back in June.