May 16, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - Seminole shortstop Brandi Stuart is reaping the rewards of a stellar season on the field and in the classroom this week. After being named a second-team Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region team member, Stuart was also named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District 3 Softball Team Wednesday.
"It really means a lot to me to be recognized for the work I do in the classroom," said Stewart. "So many people never realize how difficult it is to dedicate so much time to your sport and still find a way to balance your academic pursuits. I work really hard in the classroom and it is an honor to have my schoolwork recognized."
Stewart, a sophomore from Cerritos, CA maintained a GPA of 3.26 while leading the 16th-ranked Seminole softball team to a berth in the 2001 NCAA Softball Championships. As amazing as her work has been in the academic arena, what she has done this year on the softball diamond might even be more impressive.
Stuart, the Seminoles starting second baseman, was named to the 2001 All-ACC Team and All-ACC Tournament. She started all 64 games at second and leads the team with a .366 batting average, .441 on base percentage, 97 total bases and 68 hits. She is second on the team in runs scored (48), runs batted in (35), slugging percentage (.522), walks (25), steal attempts (32), stolen bases (28), home runs (5), assists (111) and fielding double plays (6).
In February, Stuart became only the second Florida State player to ever receive NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week honors after hitting two homeruns, 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. She also garnered ACC Player of the Week honors Feb. 19 after her play in the Sunshine State Tournament and was named to the 2001 Tallahassee Democrat/Florida State Invitational All-Tournament Team after hitting .583, slugging .833 and posting an on base percentage of .615 with three doubles and three RBI. The sophomore also leads the team in multi-hit games with 21 and is tied for third with seven multiple RBI games.
Stuart and the No. 1 seeded Seminoles open 2001 NCAA Tournament play Thursday, May 17 against the No. 6 seed Bethune-Cookman. This is the first time Florida State has hosted an NCAA Softball Regional at their state of the art facility and are joined by Florida, Florida Atlantic, Bethune-Cookman, Connecticut and Cal in the weekend-long regional. Tickets for the NCAA tournament can be purchased at the Seminole Athletic Ticket Office in the Moore Athletic Center or by calling (850) 644-1830 or 1-888-FSU-NOLE. For complete information on the NCCA Tallahassee Regional and the Seminole softball team please visit www.seminoles.com.