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FMU’s Shuey named to PBC All-Academic Team

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University sophomore first baseman Preston Shuey has been named to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team.

Shuey, a native of Charlotte, was selected to the 13-player All-Academic first team.

The 6-5 245-pound first baseman has a 3.59 grade-point average as a finance major. He has twice been named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor roll and once to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll. He represented Francis Marion at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference.

On the field this past season, he batted .317 and ranked 10th in the Peach Belt with 51 runs batted in. He also scored 40 runs while compiling 10 doubles and seven home runs. Among his round-trippers were two walk-off homers. He led the PBC in fielding put outs with 513, ranked second in total fielding chances (537), and fifth in fielding double plays (40). He committed only two errors for a .996 fielding percentage.

He reached base safely in 45 of 53 games played, and was named to the 2009 PBC Tournament All-Tournament Team.

Shuey helped Francis Marion to a 38-15-1 record this past year, the second-highest win total in the program’s history. The Patriots finished second during the PBC regular season, won the Peach Belt Tournament title, and earned their fourth NCAA Division II national tournament bid in the past seven years, placing third at the Southeast Regional in Aiken. The Patriots are currently ranked 14th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA Division II Top 30 poll.

The South Mecklenburg High School product was named the 2008 PBC Freshman of the Year after batting .344 with seven homers and 55 RBIs.

The All-Academic team is part of a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the squad, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his team’s games and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his current institution.


2009 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team

First Team

Player                                 School                             Yr.        Hometown                   GPA     Major (Minor)

Craig Brisson                    North Georgia                Jr.        Lawrenceville, Ga.         3.28      Mathematics

Kenny Cail                         Armstrong Atlantic St.    Sr.        Savannah, Ga.             3.53      Biology

Carlos Cardoza-Oquendo Armstrong Atlantic St.   Jr.        San Juan, P.R.             3.71      Physical Education

Juan Dorando                    Armstrong Atlantic St.    Sr.        San Pedro, Calif.           3.36      English Communications

Josh Heath                         Armstrong Atlantic St.    So.       Locus Grove, Ga.          4.00      Biology

Ryan Kirkman                    UNC Pembroke             Sr.        Liberty, N.C.                 3.27        Criminal Justice

Danny McCorkell               GCSU                              Sr.        Wentzville, Mo.             3.50        Health Education

Blake Norrell                     Columbus St.                 Sr.        Auburn, Ala.                  3.52        Finance

John Sherrer                     USC Aiken                      Sr.        LaGrange, Ga.             3.58        Business Administration

Preston Shuey                  Francis Marion               So.       Charlotte, N.C.             3.59        Finance

Jorge Virguez                    Augusta State                Sr.        Lawrenceville, Ga.         3.38      Political Science

Cody Walden                    Armstrong Atlantic St.    Sr.        Tuscon, Ariz.                 3.33        Economics

Andrew Whiggum           Ga. Southwestern            Sr.        Hawkinsville, Ga.          4.00      Exercise Science



Last Published: June 1, 2009 2:24 PM
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