Stewart Named Sun Belt Pitcher Of The Week
Alex Stewart was a workhorse for Ragin' Cajuns Softball last week, and her efforts earned her Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
The Ragin' Cajuns ace pitched all 14 innings against the Baylor Bears in the midweek, and she only allowed four earned runs in a hard-fought doubleheader. She picked up one win in Waco and two more over the weekend at Lamson Park. Her dominance of Texas State was undeniable (only four hits allowed in two complete game shutouts), and the conference couldn't ignore her performances.
Stewarts' three wins over the week, improving her season record to 15-1, weren't her only achievements. On Saturday, the junior tied her career high with 11 strikeouts. With only 17 walks and 115 strikeouts through 111.0 innings pitched so far this season, it would be fair to say Stewart is dialed in like only an ace can be.
The Baylor series will go a long way in preparing Stewart and her teammates for a trip to Gainesville next week to face off with the Florida Gators, so hopefully she learned some lessons from the loss in the first part of the double-header in Waco. After striking out 25 and only walking four this week, hopefully that trend will continue as Stewart keeps pounding the strike zone.
Stewart now sits at second in the Sun Belt in wins (15) and ERA (1.58), and Kylee Jo Trahan is right behind her with an ERA of 1.65. With all the attention the Ragin' Cajuns offense gets, it's easy to forget how impressive the top two starters have been all year long.
The final stat to drive the spike home for Stewart should scare the rest of the Sun Belt Conference. She now has 33 straight innings of shutout work in conference play. If anybody wants to knock the Cajuns off their throne, they're going to have to crack Stewart first.