Dec. 23, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 2009 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, were announced on Tuesday, December 23. Featured on the third team was Florida State third baseman Stuart Tapley.
The list of preseason accolades continues to grow for the Orlando, Fla., native this off-season as Tapley was named an All-American by the NCBWA and to the Preseason Watch List of the Brooks Wallace Award.
All Tapley did in his first season at Florida State was register the tenth highest batting average in school history for a player with under 200 at-bats. The Freshman All-American finished second on the team in batting (.383) accumulating 75 hits in 196 at-bats. He tied for fourth with eight home runs while driving in 40 runs in 57 starts. Tapley settled in nicely at third base as he closed out the year on a 34-game errorless streak.
With 18 letterwinners returning from last year’s squad that advanced to the College World Series, Florida State will begin the 2009 season ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. The Seminoles were ranked No. 7 in Collegiate Baseball’s Preseason Top 40 poll.
In 2008, Florida State claimed its second straight ACC Atlantic Division title while returning to Omaha and the College World Series for the 19th time in school history. The Seminoles finished the year 54-14 marking the 23rd time in school history that the Garnet and Gold eclipsed the 50-win plateau.