Feb. 21, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - Brandi Stuart, second baseman for the 16h-ranked FSU softball team (13-1), was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week after hitting two home runs, batting .500 and recording six RBI's in leading the Seminoles to a record of 5-0 and the Sunshine State Tournament title. The award comes just two days after she was honored as the ACC Softball Player of the Week and she is only the second Florida State player to ever receive this honor. Renee Espinoza garnered the same honor in 1995.
"This is a great honor for Brandi and for our program," said head coach JoAnne Graf. "Although we haven't been hitting as consistently as I would like as a team, Brandi is off to just a phenomenal start and this honor is definitely deserved."
Stuart, a sophomore from Cerritos, CA, was six for 12 at the plate this weekend and she scored five runs and stole two bases with a .952 fielding percentage on 21 chances. She hit a three-run home run in a 4-0 win over Kent State in the opening game of the 2001 Sunshine State Tournament and also scored the first run after a lead off walk and stolen base. In FSU's two wins over the College of Charleston, Stuart recorded RBI singles in both games. She then hit a championship-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Seminoles downed Boston College 5-4. The homer came after BC hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to even the score 4-4.
"It is a really nice honor and it feels good that people are recognizing me," said Stuart. "I am just going out and trying to help the team. The season has been excellent so far and if it can continue to be consistent I think there is no limit to how much we can achieve."
Stuart now leads the team in runs scored (11), slugging percentage (.667), hits (19), home runs (2), total bases (26), stolen bases (5), steal attempts (6), assists (21) and she leads the team in batting average (.487 minimum five at bats). She has already tied her home run total from her freshman year and her average is 148 points higher than the .339 she registered as a freshman.