FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior first baseman Preston Shuey has been named a first-team selection to the 2011 Capitol One Academic All-District III (College Division) baseball team.
Shuey possesses a 3.645 grade point average as a finance major. He was was a second-team All-District III pick in 2010.
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.
Shuey, a native of Charlotte, is hitting .307 this season with 34 runs scored, nine doubles, and team-leading totals of seven home runs and 58 RBIs. He owns a .373 on-base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage and has committed only four fielding errors in 470 chances for a .991 fielding percentage. He has compiled 18 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBIs games, while reaching base safely in 40 of 48 games.
A four-year starter, he holds the FMU career record for RBIs (204) and put outs (1865) and ranks second all-time in Division II for put outs.
For his classroom work, Shuey earned the Finance Award at the university’s recent Academic Awards Day ceremony. He has twice been named to the PBC All-Academic Baseball Team and is a member of Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business Honor Society). He has served as president of university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and student pep club (The RIOT) for the past year.
He has been named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll each of his years at FMU, and was the university’s representative to the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference. Shuey has twice earned a Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award, and for his seven semesters at FMU, he has been named to the President’s List two semesters and Dean's List five semesters.
This season, Shuey has helped Francis Marion to a 36-12 record, a No. 9 national ranking, and the Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship. The Patriots enter this weekend’s PBC Tournament in Columbus, Ga., as the top seed and will play Augusta State University in a first-round game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
In four seasons at FMU, he has appeared in 206 games with a .327 average and 141 runs scored, 45 doubles, 26 home runs, and the 204 RBIs.
Shuey is a product of South Mecklenburg High School.