FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior outfielder Alex Lee and junior first baseman Preston Shuey have been selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-District III (College Division) baseball team. Lee was named to the first team, while Shuey was a second-team pick.
Lee, who recently earned the B.S. degree in mathematics (summa cum laude), compiled a 4.00 grade point average, while Shuey possesses a 3.68 grade point average as a finance major.
This awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and District III includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Lee, a native of Blythewood, S.C., batted .314 this 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.
Shuey, a native of Charlotte, hit .341 this season with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, five home runs, and 40 RBIs. He registered a .423 on-base percentage and committed only four fielding errors in 502 chances for a .992 percentage. He compiled 16 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBIs games, while reaching base safely in 47 of 53 games.
In the classroom, he was named to the 2009 PBC All-Academic Team, was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, and been placed on both the PBC Presidential and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls. He has served on the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and attended the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference. He has been placed on the FMU President’s List twice and Dean's List four times.
The pair helped Francis Marion to a 40-14 record and an invitation to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, where the Patriots served as host for the Southeast Regional. 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. Shuey is a product of South Mecklenburg High School.