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FSU’s Smith and Stewart, Maryland’s Convissar, and Wake Forest’s Stephens recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four ACC student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The four are the most from any conference in the country.
Florida State P Gage Smith, Maryland DH Kyle Convissar, and Wake Forest OF Evan Stephens all were named to the second team, while Florida State OF DJ Stewart was selected to the third team. Florida State is one of only four schools in the country with multiple representatives this year.
Smith enters the NCAA Tournament leading the ACC and tied for second nationally with 38 appearances. The Tallahassee, Fla., has led the league in appearances the last two years and has 112 career relief appearances in three years which ranks third all-time at Florida State. In the classroom, Smith was named the 2013 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year and garnered a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team in 2013 and 2014. He is a four-time Dean's List and three-time President's List honoree at FSU. Smith, who earned his degree in business management, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and 2013 and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Convissar graduated this spring with a degree in finance with a 3.99 GPA. A three-time All-ACC Academic selection, Convissar is hitting .252 with four doubles, a home run and 15 RBI this spring with a .418 on-base percentage. He was named to the team as a designated hitter where he has started 23 games for the Terps. He is the first Maryland baseball player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team since Todd Kilmer in 1995.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Stephens boasted a 3.83 GPA while majoring in finance. He earned Academic All-District honors for the last three seasons and was honored with an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship earlier this year. One of the top leadoff hitters in the country, Stephens started every game this season in center field and hit for an average of .300. He compiled 63 hits, 10 doubles and 15 RBIs while walking 43 times which ranked among the leaders nationally. Stephens also led Wake Forest with an on-base percentage of .440. For his career, Stephens hit for an average of .309 and started 154 games.
Stewart, who garnered All-ACC honors for the second year in a row, became the seventh Seminole in school history to garner Player of the Year accolades. He was also recently recognized as a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy and a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. An ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree, Stewart is a two-time member of FSU's Dean's List. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in sport management.
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.