May 29, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On the eve of the 2014 Tallahassee Regional, Florida State was recognized by Collegiate Baseball newspaper with a pair of Louisville Slugger All-Americans. DJ Stewart and Luke Weaver were honored as second and third-team All-Americans, respectively, in 2014.
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.
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.
Weaver has served as Florida State's Friday night starter all season long. The junior right hander currently leads the team in wins (8), innings pitched (101.1) and strikeouts (81). In 15 starts, Weaver has posted a record of 8-3 with an ERA of 2.66. Opponents are hitting just .224 against Weaver this year.
In 2014, the DeLand, Fla., native tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout against Boston College in Rhode Island and then followed with his second complete game victory at Wake Forest on April 18. Weaver, a first-team All-ACC honoree in 2014, has worked six or more innings in 13 starts this year, while tallying seven or more strikeouts six times. Weaver currently ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in innings pitched (tied for second), wins (tied for third), and strikeouts (8th).
The award for both Seminoles marks the first of their careers. Stewart was named a first team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2014, while Weaver garnered second team preseason accolades.