29 Brandi Stuart
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§ The All-Everything senior capped off her career by rewriting the record book at FSU.
§ A back-to-back All-American (1st Team 2002 and 2nd Team 2003), a four-time All-ACC selection, a USA Softball National Player of the Year Candidate, a two-time Team USA national camp invitee and a two-time 2003 ACC Player of the Week.
§ Only the fifth Seminole to ever receive All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.
§ Just the second player ever at FSU to garner 1st and 2nd team All-America honors along with FSU Hall of Famer Shamalene Wilson.
§ With her 57 starts in 2003, Stuart set the record for games played, games started and consecutive starts in a career.
§ Finished her FSU career as the only player in school history to rank in the top five of every offensive category at Florida State.
§ Took over first place all-time at FSU for home runs, RBIs and walks.
§ Finished her career second all-time for runs (192), hits (287), doubles (39) and stolen bases (162).
§ Third all-time with 805 career at bats, fifth all-time with 17 triples and fourth all-time with a career .357 batting average.
§ The only player in FSU history to be named All-ACC four years in a row.
§ She is the first Seminole ever to register 30 or more steals in four consecutive seasons.
§ Finished the regular season seventh in the nation in steals.
§ Started the season with the longest FSU hitting streak in a decade at 14 games.
§ Led Florida State in six offensive categories and ranked amongst the top four in 12 categories.
§ Led FSU this year in home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored, total bases, doubles and steals.
§ Has never hit lower than .331 in a season at FSU.
§ Third on the team with 13 two-out RBIs and second on the squad with six game winning RBIs.
§ Her 11 multi-RBI games were the second most on the squad and she had 10 multi-hit games this season.
IN ACC GAMES
§ In the top five of eight different offensive categories for FSU in ACC play.
§ Second in RBIs, two-out RBIs, total bases and doubles.
§ Third in hits and game-winning RBIs.
§ Top five for batting average and slugging percentage.
§ Among the ACC leaders for batting average, hits, runs scored, home runs, RBIs, doubles, total bases and slugging.
§ Second in the conference in steals and walks.
§ First in steals and second for RBIs in games against ACC opponents.
§ In ACC games, she is amongst the leaders for slugging, hits, home runs, doubles, and total bases.
Against GSU Stuart hit .333 recording a RBI, two walks and scoring three runs. She was a perfect 4-for-4 in the stolen base department and accumulated a perfect fielding percentage four chances…led the team in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and slugging at the Seminole Classic…opened the tournament 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI versus Oregon…had another big game versus FAMU as she went 1 for 2 with two walks, a steal and a run scored…versus No. 8 Georgia, Stuart had a complete game versus FSU’s first ranked foe. She went 1 for 3, hit a home run, scored a run and drew two walks…hit .455, scored three runs, hit two doubles, knocked in two RBIs, slugged .636, drew three walks and didn’t strike out once at the Sunshine State Tournament…against Middle Tennessee, Stuart went 1 for 1 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk…had another huge game against the Lady Blue Raiders going 2 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored…versus Mercer and in the Seminole Challenge, she led FSU in runs (4), doubles (1), home runs (1), total bases (8), slugging percentage (1.000), walks (6), steals (4) and fielding percentage (1.000). She also finished second with four hits and four RBIs. Stuart posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 13 opportunities and she didn’t strikeout once all weekend…versus Pitt as she went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk…in a doubleheader versus Troy State Stuart went 6 for 7 with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs, 14 total bases and three steals. She slugged 2.000 and hit .857 in the twin bill. Her performance was one of the single best in a DH in FSU history…had another two RBIs in the Seminole Invitational opener before teams started to pitch around the All-American….at the Buzz Classic, she had another double, another HR and four more RBIs...started the tournament off by homering for the second year in a row versus Princeton as she went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored…finished the tournament strong going 3 for 8 with two runs, two RBIs and a double against Middle Tennessee and Georgia State…in FSU’s conference opener against Maryland, Stuart went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. The RBI knocked in the game-winning run and set the all-time RBI record at FSU. She also stole a base…went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI in the opener versus Elon…in the nightcap versus UNC, she blasted a shot over the fence in left field and into the North Carolina night putting a bow on FSU’s sweep…after going 0 for 3 in game one versus UCF, Stuart came up in the bottom of the ninth and her walk-off triple was the game-winning hit…in game two, she went 2 for 3 with a double…tied the all-time career home run record and became the first Seminole to ever steal 30 or more bases in a season for four straight years. Got a hit in every game and drove in two RBIs in the FAMU and first JU game…had another productive week and came up with one of the biggest hits of the year at No. 25 Florida. Hit a homer and a double for the second week in a row…after a 1 for 3 opener versus the Gators, Stuart recorded the biggest hit of the series in game two. With the game tied 3-3 and FSU desperately looking for a sweep, Stuart blasted a fourth inning lead off homer that sealed the deal. FSU went on to win 7-3…recorded a huge, two-run double in game two versus UVa…scored a run, collected two more hits and two more RBIs and also had a double in FSU’s sweep over Georgia Tech…in the 2003 ACC Tournament, she had two hits, two runs scored and one RBI in three games started as Florida State’s second baseman. Also a perfect one-for-one in stolen bases…second on the team in walks with two with both coming in the ACC Tournament opening game against Virginia…at least one hit in two of the three games (first game vs. Virginia and against Georgia Tech) and reached base in all three games…three plate appearances and three times on base with one hit and two walks in tournament opening victory against Virginia…scored Florida State’s first run of the tournament as part of the Seminoles’ awakening for seven runs in the second inning of their first game against Virginia. Singled to lead off the second inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on an error by the Virginia catcher to score what proved to be the game-winning run…was one-for two in the second inning against the Cavaliers as she led the inning off with a single and came around to score a run…scored her second run of the game as she came home on Beth Wade’s two-run home run (after walking with one out) to put Florida State up 10-0…singled for her only hit in Florida State’s 5-3 victory over Georgia Tech. Her infield hit came in the sixth inning and she advanced as far as second base…one RBI in Florida State’s victory over Virginia in the championship game. Her RBI came on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning and scored Natasha Jacob with Florida State’s fourth run of the inning. Her RBI gave the Seminoles a 7-2 lead on their way to its 10-2 championship game victory…a defensive gem against Virginia in the championship game came on a pick-off throw at first base to catch Virginia’s Hannah Owings napping off first base. After Owings had reached base on a Stuart error, the crafty senior came in behind Owings, blocked first and received the throw from catcher Elisa Vasquez to tag out Owings. The play was important because Virginia already had a 2-0 lead and had their leadoff batter on in the inning with zero outs.
2002: In the 24-year history of Florida State softball, few
players have ever put together a season as impressive as
Stuart’s 2002 campaign, which resulted in her selection
as a 1st team NFCA and Easton All-American…she is
just the fourth FSU player to ever be named a 1st team
NFCA All-American…was only the second FSU player ever invited to
attend a Team USA National Camp…was in the top 10 in the nation in
steals (3rd), steals per game (5th), runs (7th) and walks (8th)...also
finished amongst the nation’s leaders in walks per game (17th), runs per
game (26th) and batting average (42nd)…established career highs in
average (.391), runs (63), triples (7), home runs (10), RBIs (45), slugging
percentage (.647), walks (49) and steals (54)…not only was Stuart the
Seminoles’ best player in 2002 but a case could be made that she was
the team’s most improved player also…despite the fact that she led the
team in seven offensive categories as a sophomore and was second in
six others, Stuart still found a way to raise her numbers during her
junior year in eight major categories…in 2002, the California native hit
42 points higher than her career average, slugged 171 points higher, hit
6.5 more home runs, three more triples, scored 20 more runs, had
30.5 more total bases, registered 18 more steals and 26.5 more
walks…she led the team in batting average, runs scored, total bases,
slugging percentage, hits, triples, walks, on base percentage, home
runs, stolen bases and double plays turned… also led the team with 22
multi-hit games…finished in the top five for single season numbers in
seven categories…tied the all-time home run record with 10 last
season and set a new record for walks in a season with 49…she and
senior Monique Marier combined to form the most prolific home run
hitting tandem in school history with 19…her .391 batting average was
the fourth-highest single season average in FSU history and she finished
second all-time for runs, fourth all-time in doubles, fifth in hits and fifth
in stolen bases in a single season…in just three seasons, Stuart already
ranks amongst FSU’s career leaders in eight categories…she is the only
player in FSU history to appear on the career leaders list in runs, hits,
doubles, home runs, RBIs and steals…currently second in career walks
(94), third in average (.363), home runs (17), steals (126) and RBIs
(117)…one of only three Seminoles to ever steal 100 or more bases in
a career…also amongst the career leaders in runs (151), hits (233) and
doubles (27)…had another monster season in the ACC as she hit .429
and slugged 1.000…led the team in runs (9), doubles (1), triples (2),
home runs (1), total bases (14), walks (7), on base percentage (.619)
and steals (4) in conference games…was amongst the leaders in the
ACC in runs scored and triples…was third in batting average at .413 in
the regular season…her career-high 54 stolen bases were good for
second overall in the ACC…in the NCAA postseason she led the squad
in doubles, walks, on base percentage and steals and was FSU’s top
hitter for average at the 2002 Women’s College World Series…Stuart
seemed destined for a special season as she opened the 2002 season by
hitting .692 (9-for-13) with a homer and a double while slugging 1.000
on top of swiping five bases…led-off FSU’s third game of the season vs.
Mercer with a 225-foot blast to center field...followed up a strong
opening week by hitting .429 (6-for-14) with a double and an RBI,
slugged .500 and stole four bases the next week…had a huge game
against No. 9 Washington going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs
scored...her RBI keyed a two-run fifth that tied the game at 4-
4...continued to excel the next week when she scored a run in her
fourth straight game, stole six more bases, had her seventh multi-hit
game of the season and played her 12th consecutive game without an
error. She also picked up two more RBIs…at the Troy Cox Classic,
Stuart recorded a double, a triple and a homer while slugging
.650…versus NMSU, Stuart went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, a double and
a triple…followed that game up by going 2-for-3 with a run scored
against Dayton…scored four runs and had two RBIs in the final three
games of the week versus Dayton, NMSU and Florida A&M…hit .444
the following week with a double, a home run and four RBIs. She also
scored two runs and had a slugging percentage of .889…hit the second
grand slam of her career when she sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right
versus Pitt…in the last five games of the Kia Klassic, Stuart went 6-for-16
and hit safely in every game. She also scored in four straight
games…recorded RBIs versus Rutgers and DePaul and stole six bases
on six attempts….at the Buzz Classic, the second baseman hit .414 for
the week and slugged .862 while leading Florida State in nine major
offensive categories…Stuart led the team in home runs (4), RBIs (9),
batting average (.414) and slugging percentage (.862)...she hit as many
home runs that week (4) as she had in all 38 games leading up to Buzz
Classic…had two more game-winning RBIs, stole four bases and was
named to the Buzz Classic All-Tournament Team…in the series finale
No player in FSU softball history has ever hit for a higher average and drove in as many
runs, hit as many doubles, triples and home runs and had a higher slugging percentage than
Stuart had in 2002.
The ONLY player in FSU’s 24-year history to record 30+ RBIs in each of her first three
One of only two players at FSU to ever record 30+ RBIs in any three seasons.
Set the record for the most RBIs ever recorded over a three-year period.
Only player in FSU history to appear on the career leaders list in runs, hits, doubles, home
runs, RBIs and steals.
One of only four players to ever lead FSU in average, HR’s, slugging pct. and stolen bases in
a single season.
She is the first FSU player ever to lead a Seminole team in five major categories
(Avg., slugging, HRs, steals and walks).
Tied the record for the most home runs in a single season.
Already in the top five for career hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases.
Slugged 177 points higher in 2002 than her career average.
Entered the 2002 Women’s College World Series with a.401 batting average threatening to
become just the fourth FSU player to ever hit .400 for a season. None of the other three
players advanced to WCWS play.
Just the second FSU player to ever be invited to USA National Team Camp.
versus the Rattlerettes, Stuart was perfect at the plate in a
doubleheader as she went 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBIs,
five runs scored, a 2.250 slugging percentage and two walks…named
ACC Player of the Week April 15th after hitting .714, scoring seven
runs, knocking in 4 RBIs, hitting two triples, a home run, slugging 1.714
and posting an on base percentage of .818 in four games…against
Georgia Tech, she went 4-for-5 with runners on base and hit 1.000 with
runners in scoring position for the week...she got her seventh game-winning
RBI of the year and tied the single season home run record with
her 10th of the season…scored two runs and knocked in two RBI’s in
a crucial sweep of defending ACC champion North Carolina that
moved FSU to 4-0 in conference play…had a monster series versus
Jacksonville State as she went 4-for-7 with two runs scored, an RBI and
two steals…in game one versus the Gamecocks, Stuart picked up
another game-winning RBI…in another key ACC tilt, Stuart helped the
Tribe sweep Virginia, in game two, she was a perfect 3-for-3 with three
runs scored, including the game-winner, two RBIs and two triples…scored another run and had another game-winning RBI in
the first game of a doubleheader sweep against Troy State…scored
one of FSU’s three runs in a crucial 3-2 win over No. 10 FAU as she
stole second base and came around to score the go-ahead
run…walked eight times at the 2002 ACC Championships and
posted an on base percentage of .800...was one-for-two with one
walk and one run scored in NCAA Tallahassee Regional opening
round victory over Auburn…scored the game-winning run for the
Seminoles in the fourth inning on a single by Monique
Marier…versus Georgia Tech, Stuart went 1-for-3 with a single up
the middle to lead off the second inning…came through in a big way
in two must-win games versus Georgia Tech on the final day of
regionals…was 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored in the first
game versus the Yellow Jackets…her run scoring double drove home
Shundra Colzie giving Florida State a 1-0 lead in the top of the first
inning…led off the Seminole half of the fourth inning with a walk and
scored Florida State’s second run on an errant throw…in the
Regional Championship, Tech made up its mind to not allow Stuart
to beat them as she was intentionally walked three times…key factor
in FSU’s first round World Series upset of No. 1 UCLA when she
manufactured a run to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth...she singled,
was sacrificed to second and then challenged All-American catcher
Stacey Nuveman by stealing third. Nuveman’s throw was wide of
third and Stuart came around to score...also set a career high with
seven putouts versus the Bruins…went 2-for-3 in FSU’s 1-0 loss to
Cal, recording the only two hits of the game versus 2002 WCWS
MOP Jocelyn Forest...Stuart’s multi-hit game was even more
amazing after Forest went on to one-hit Arizona and Arizona
State…after two games at the WCWS, Stuart was leading Florida
State in average (.429), hits (3), runs (1), slugging percentage (.429)
and stolen bases (1). She was hitting 20 percentage points higher
against the country’s best pitchers in Oklahoma City than she did in
the regular season and ACC Tournament when she batted .409…she
put up all of those numbers despite the fact teams were also pitching
around her as she had drawn four intentional walks and six walks
overall…recorded a double and was walked intentionally in an
elimination game win over Nebraska that advanced FSU to the
2001: Will serve as a team captain with Kimmy Carter in 2002…one
of FSU’s top returners and a pre-season All-American
candidate…second team Easton All-American...arguably Florida
State’s most valuable player last season…led the team in seven
offensive categories and was second in six others…started all 70
games at second and led the team with a .361 batting average, .439
on base percentage, 104 total bases, 73 hits and 70 starts…second
on the team in runs scored (49), walks (28), steal attempts (34),
stolen bases (30), home runs (5), slugging percentage (.515), assists
(120) and fielding double plays (7)… led the team in multi-hit games
with 22…tied for third with seven multiple RBI games…batted .312
in 2001 NCAA Tallahassee Regional and was second on the team in
hits (5), doubles (2), slugging percentage (.438), walks (3) and on-base
percentage (.421)...named to the 2001 All-ACC Tournament
Team...only the second Florida State player to ever receive
NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week honors after
hitting two home runs, batting .500, recording six RBI, scoring five
runs, stealing two bases and posting a .952 fielding percentage on 21
chances in leading the Seminoles to a record of 5-0 and the Sunshine
State Tournament title (Feb. 21)…garnered ACC Player of the Week
honors Feb. 19 after her play in the Sunshine State
Tournament…named to the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida
State Invitational All-Tournament Team…posted a season high three
RBIs in games against Kent State and Northwestern…game-winning
home run in the bottom of the seventh against Boston College gave
FSU the Sunshine State Tournament title…recorded a season high
six total bases against East Carolina (Apr. 21)…three steals against
UConn (Mar. 20) were a season high…had a season high five putouts
against Georgia State (Apr. 1)…at her best in SASA games where she
led the team in batting average (.464), hits (13), doubles (three), total
bases (19), slugging percentage (.679), walks (5) and on base
2000: Only freshman to play in 2000...was the starter at second
base...was third on the team with a .339 batting average...an All-ACC
selection...was tied for first on the team with 42 stolen bases...was
second on the squad with 79 hits, 233 at bats, 39 runs and 36 RBI...was one of just four players to start every game...hit a grand
slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to give FSU a 6-3 win over
UF...had four hits and five RBIs against Florida...had two home runs
on the year...had 21 multi-hit games...had eight multi-steal
games...was named to the UTC Frost Cutlery Challenge All-Tournament
team...named ACC Player of the Week (April
24th)...recorded three RBIs vs. FIU (April 2) and four RBIs vs. UF
(April 5)...longest hitting streak was 10 games just prior to the ACC
High School: Was a member of the first team All-Press Telegram
dream team all four years…earned conference Most Valuable Player
honors her senior year…garnered All-State accolades in final season.
Personal: A leader on the field, Stuart has also become a leader for
student-athletes off of the diamond. First as FSU's Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC) president and then on the ACC SAAC.
This past summer she was chosen to represent the conference as
one of just 31 student-athletes in the country on the Division 1
national SAAC...named a Verizon Academic All-American in
2002...Dean's List member 1999 and 2000...member of ACC
Academic Honor Roll...major is communications...born November