May 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's DJ Stewart was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting.
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 is the first Seminole to win the award since James Ramsey took home the individual honor in 2012.
The sophomore outfielder finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in nine offensive categories while leading the league in average (.362), on-base percentage (.478) and slugging percentage (.588) and tied in RBI (47) and doubles (19).
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.
This is the 28th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 5. The 2014 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the fourth year. The winner will be unveiled on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2014 CWS.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
2014 DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS