20 Great Things About The 2017 UL Softball Season: Alex Stewart
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team had another great season in 2017.
Louisiana finished their season with an overall record of 47-8, while capturing both the regular season and postseason Sun Belt Conference titles.
The Cajuns appeared in an NCAA Regional for the 19th consecutive appearance, including their and 27th in the last 28 seasons.
It was a terrific season, with many memories.
That being said, over the summer, I’m going to try to focus on 20 things that I took away from the season.
Yesterday, I featured Hayley Hayden.
Today, I spotlight Alex Stewart.
The Zionsville, Indiana native went 27-5 in 2017, to go along with a 1.81 ERA.
Those numbers were good enough first team All-Sun Belt Conference and first team All-Louisiana honors, but it was Stewart's greatness throughout her career that made her so special.
Her ERA. in 2017 was better than her ERA. in 2016 (1.94), when she was a second team NFCA All-American.
Going back to her sophomore year, she was a second team All-Sun Belt Conference pick, after going 10-2 with a 2.09 ERA.
A two-time first team All-Sun Belt and All-Louisiana honoree in her career, Stewart left us with something to remember in 2017, going a perfect 15-0.
And while you can't get any better than that, Stewart was nearly perfect in league play throughout her entire career, going an amazing 36-1 in conference action.
She finished her career with 66 wins, including 56 in her final two seasons.
Stewart was pretty special in her final campaign however, going on a personal 20-game win streak, while holding opponents to a .195 batting average, and becoming one of only 20 pitchers in the country to compile at least 25 victories.
From Stefni Whitton, to Brooke Mitchell, to Cheryl Longeway, to Christina Hamilton, to Ashley Brignac, Louisiana has featured a lot of great pitchers throughout the years, and Stewart in unquestionably one of them.