FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior outfielder Alex Lee has been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-America (College Division) baseball team. Lee was named to the 10-member second team.
Lee, a native Blythewood, S.C., is the second Academic All-American in the history of the baseball program, joining 1980 pitcher Sammy Ward. Lee is the third Patriot student-athlete (from all sports) to earn this type of national academic honor for 2009-10 – with several sports yet to be announced.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Lee, who recently earned the B.S. degree in mathematics (summa cum laude), compiled a 4.00 grade point average.
On the diamond, he batted .314 this past season with 36 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 26 runs batted in. He compiled a .385 on-base percentage, was 8-of-12 in stolen bases, and recorded a .969 fielding percentage with three outfield assists. He had 15 multi-hit games and six multi-RBIs games in 2010, while safely reaching base in 38 of 46 games.
In the academic arena, Lee received the Mathematics Award at the school’s annual Academic Awards Day ceremony. He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll in 2009 and to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll for both 2010 and 2009. He was placed on the President’s List all four of his semesters at FMU. While attending Clemson University as a freshman and sophomore, he was named to the 2007 All-ACC Academic Team.
He helped FMU to a 40-14 record and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 40 victories is the second-highest season total in team history.
Lee is a product of Blythewood High School, where he earned All-State recognition.