|21 Kyle Stewart
Career Notes: Enters his senior season with 146 strikeouts, just 20 K's shy of cracking Western Carolina's career top 20 charts.
2011 (Junior): Appeared in 15 games including three starts and 12 in relief ... Officially finished with an 0-4 record, saddled with losses in two of the three games he started ... Was the tough-luck relief loser in extra innings at Wake Forest (2/22) ... Tossed 29.2 innings on the season with 37 strikeouts against 25 walks ... Opponents posted a .288 batting average against him on the season with 12 of the 32 hits allowed going for extra bases ... Matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a strong start against the College of Charleston (5/27) in the season-ending game in the Southern Conference tournament ... Tossed a season-high six innings against the Cougars ... Had one official at bat on the year, striking out against High Point ... Scored a run in the 20-inning game against Elon (5/25) as a pinch runner.
2010 (Sophomore): Made 21 appearances including 10 starts and 11 out of the bullpen, throwing 55.0 innings with a 6.87 ERA ... Opened the season as a weekend starter for WCU, starting his first six appearances ... Posted a 2-2 overall record, earning his first collegiate save against Furman (5/9/10) ... Led the Catamount pitching staff with 71 strikeouts, averaging 1.3 K-per-inning pitched ... Issued 38 walks and hit six batters on the year ... WCU won 11 of the games in which he pitched ... Struck out six-or-more batters seven times including twice fanning a career-high 10 ... Fanned a career-high 10 in relief against the College of Charleston in a 10-9 WCU victory ... Earned wins over Illinois and Davidson on the season, both coming as the starter ... Pitched a season-long six innings in earning the victory over Davidson, matching his career-high of 10 strikeouts against the Wildcats ... Additionally had five at bats with five strikeouts on the year ... Is scheduled to play summer baseball with teammate Ross Heffley with the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League.
2009 (Freshman): Made 12 appearances on the season and was Western's primary mid-week starter making seven starts as a true freshman ... Posted a 4-1 overall record, striking out 38 against 26 walks in 39 innings pitched ... Made his collegiate debut in relief against Bowling Green on Feb. 22, tossing one inning and allowing one run and one walk with a pair of strikeouts ... Earned his first career start in just his third collegiate appearance, limiting East Tennessee State to two runs on one hit and working around five walks with a career-high seven strikeouts ... Matched his career-best with seven K's against both UNC Asheville and Charlotte, both in starting roles ... His best outing of the season came against UNCA at McCormick Field where he lasted a career-best seven innings, holding the Bulldogs hitless through the first five and two thirds in the 11-0 shutout victory ... On the season, held opponents to a collective .230 batting average ... Had a memorable first career at-bat - blasting a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence at Wofford ... Finished the year with four total at bats and the lone hit with a walk and a couple of strikeouts.
High School: Was a four-year prep starter ... Tossed two complete-game shutouts including a four-hit shutout in the high school regional semifinal 4-0 win over Holmen and a 6-0 win over Tomah ... Rated as the #7 player in Wisconsin by Perfect Game after throwing in the mid-to-upper 80s ... Earned all-conference accolades each of the past two seasons, garnering a first team nod in 2006 and a second-team selection in 2007 ... Has hit over .350 each of the past two years including a .396 average in `06 ... Has additionally played for the Onalaska American Legion and Midwest Blazers Scout Teams during the summer ... Is also a three-year letter winner in basketball where he averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game in 2006-07 to earn first team all-conference honors.
Personal: Son of Roger and Kay Stewart.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 7.0, at UNC Asheville (4/1/09)
Strikeouts: 10, three times (MR: vs. Col. of Charleston, 5/27/11)
Walks: 5, three times (MR: vs. College of Charleston, 5/27/10)
Consecutive Scoreless Innings: 11.1 (5/16/10 - 5/27/10)