Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
Became Illinois' Sunday starter late in year
Allowed three or fewer runs in three of five starts
AT ILLINOIS 2006 Senior: Made a career-high 16 appearances, including five starts Compiled a 2-3 record with a save in 34 1/3 innings Had his best outing in the series finale against Northwestern (4/16), giving up just one run on five hits and a walk in a five-inning start while striking out two to get the win Recorded his other win in relief in the series finale at South Florida (3/5), allowing a run on two hits in two innings Notched his lone save against Cornell on 3/23, giving up a hit in a scoreless 2/3 of an innning Also made Big Ten starts against Ohio State, Iowa and Minnesota Struck out one in a perfect relief outing against Missouri, going 1 2/3 innings Allowed an unearned run on one hit in an inning of relief against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.
2005 Redshirt Junior: Moved into third starter role, making five starts, four in Sunday games of Big Ten series Allowed two runs in seven innings at Indiana (4/24) to pick up first win at Illinois Tossed a complete game, two-run effort vs. Northwestern (5/8), striking out a career-high six and walking one Kept Illinois close in the regular season finale vs. Iowa (5/21), allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out three and not allowing a walk Played for the East Peoria Scrappers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League in the summer of 2005 Went 4-2 for East Peoria with a 2.53 ERA in 32 innings, striking out 15 and walking six Assisted with two combined shutouts for the Scrappers.
2004 Junior: Missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his elbow.
2003 Sophomore: Made his Illini career debut against MacMurray College on April 9, throwing two innings and allowing one hit while striking out three in a 9-4 win.
PRIOR TO ILLINOIS 2002 Freshman: Played at Illinois State before transferring at the semester break Threw 31 2/3 innings as a freshman, compiling a 1-0 record and 5.68 ERA in 13 appearances that included one start.
Earned eight varsity letters at Normal West: three each in baseball and football and two in basketball Posted an 18-3 combined pitching record over his high school career Earned All-Conference honors twice in baseball and played in the Pantagraph area All-Star game, along with the Illinois High School Coaches Association All-Star game At coaches All-Star game, threw two innings, striking out five without allowing a hit while going 2-for-2 with a double at the plate Earned Normal West Senior Athlete of the Year honors for the 2000-01 school year In football, led team to a 6-3 record and playoff appearance (second in school history) as a senior.
Born Jan. 11, 1983 Parents are Jeff and Amy Stewart Pursuing a master's degree in human resources and industrial resources Father, Jeff, who is currently a scout for the San Diego Padres and former head coach at Illinois State, played football at Illinois Lists his dad as the biggest influence on his career because "I developed a love for the game attending the games he was coaching" Lists biggest thrill in sports as winning the American Legion JV state tournament in the summer of 1999.