FLORENCE, SC – Three Francis Marion University baseball players – senior second baseman Josh Biggers, senior outfielder Alex Lee, and junior first baseman Preston Shuey – have been named to the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team. All three were named to the nine-member first team.
Shuey was a repeat honoree from 2009.
Biggers, a native of Southlake, Texas, and Lee, a native of Blythewood, S.C., both graduated in May earning B.S. degrees in economics and mathematics respectively. Lee earned his degree summa cum laude with a 4.00 grade point average.
Shuey, a native of Charlotte, has a 3.68 grade-point average as a finance major.
On the diamond, Biggers hit .312 with 27 runs scored, four doubles, one home run, and 24 runs batted in. He registered a .385 on-base percentage and earned a regional Rawlings Gold Glove Award with a .983 fielding percentage.
Lee batted .314 with 36 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, five homers, and 26 RBIs. He compiled a .385 on-base percentage, was 8-of-12 in stolen bases, and recorded a .969 fielding percentage with three outfield assists.
Shuey hit .341 with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, five home runs, and 40 RBIs. He posted a .423 on-base percentage and committed only four errors in 502 chances for a .992 fielding percentage.
In the academic arena, all three are members of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and have been named to the both the Peach Belt Conference Presidential and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls. Lee received the Mathematics Award at the school’s annual Academic Awards Day ceremony, while Biggers received the Economics Award. Shuey has served on the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and represented FMU at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference.
The trio 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.
Biggers is a product of Southlake-Carroll High School and Pantego Christian Academy, while Lee is a graduate of Blythewood High School and Shuey is a product of South Mecklenburg High School.
To be eligible for the PBC All-Academic 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.
2010 Peach Belt Conference Baseball All-Academic Team
Player School Yr. Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Jarred Allen Ga. Southwestern Jr. Lyons, Ga. 3.62 Mathematics
Josh Biggers Francis Marion Sr. Southlake, Texas 3.67 Economics
Martin Dewald GCSU Sr. Mannheim, Germany 3.34 Marketing (Int’l Business)
Sean Harrell GCSU Sr. Martinez, Ga. 3.24 Biology
Josh Headley Montevallo So. Gardendale, Ala. 3.82 Chemistry
Josh Heath Armstrong Atlantic Jr. Locust Grove, Ga. 4.00 Biology
Alex Lee Francis Marion Sr. Blythewood, S.C. 4.00 Mathematics
Anders Oster North Georgia Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.74 Physics
Preston Shuey Francis Marion Jr. Charlotte, N.C. 3.68 Finance