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
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.