|Luke Stewart - 15
Appeared in 56 of 57 games in his first year as the Blazers' starting first baseman ... made 55 starts, which tied for second-most on the team ... led UAB and ranked fifth in Conference USA with a career-high 15 home runs, tying for sixth in UAB single-season annals ... also doubled 11 times on his way to a .572 slugging percentage ... led UAB and ranked third in C-USA with 51 walks, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history ... finished the year with 15 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI contests ... tallied five consecutive multi-hit performances from March 24-29 ... picked up a season-high three hits April 25 against UCF ... matched his career-high with five RBI in the May 16 win over Rice to close out the regular season ... named the C-USA Co-Hitter of the Week on March 30 after hitting three home runs and driving in nine in UAB's three-game sweep of Savannah State ... belted two home runs in the March 27 game with Savannah State ... homered in back-to-back games against the Tigers (March 27-28) and versus Rice (May 15-16).
Started 59 of a possible 60 games ... made 53 starts at third base and six as the designated hitter ... led the Blazers and ranked fourth in Conference USA with 13 home runs ... ranked ninth in the league with a .555 slugging percentage ... his 47 walks ranked fifth in C-USA and were the fourth-highest single-season total in UAB history ... homered nine times in the final 20 regular-season games ... recorded 18 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games ... went 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored March 30 against Tulane ... managed another 4-for-5 effort, including a triple, with five RBI and three runs scored April 23 versus Samford ... tied his season-high with five RBI May 7 against Jacksonville State ... managed four RBI April 18 versus Houston ... hit two home runs April 27 against Marshall ... homered in three straight games May 3 versus East Carolina and May 6 and 7 against Jacksonville State ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll ... earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal.
Appeared in 45 games, making 31 starts ... batted .274 with two home runs and 10 RBI with a .951 fielding percentage in 143 total chances ... hit .286 with a homer and three RBI in SEC action ... began the year at third base before moving to first where he boasted a .985 fielding percentage ... first collegiate hit was a home run versus No. 15 and eventual national champion Oregon State on Feb. 10 ... sparked 12-7 comeback win at Western Carolina with a pinch-hit double ... went a season-best 3-for-5 with a double at Kentucky.
Played for head coach Chris Hawkins at Normal West High School ... was a 42nd-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres ... hit .330 with seven home runs, 43 RBI and 36 walks as a senior ... had 85 walks for this career ... his team went 24-12 and advanced to the district playoffs in 2006 ... hit .305 with two homers and 33 RBI as a junior on a team that went to the state playoffs ... helped the Wildcats to a pair of region titles and earned all-conference honors ... hit .364 with seven home runs and 40 RBI for the Bloomington Gold summer team in 2005 ... named all-conference in 2004 and 2006 and was selected NABF Most Valuable Hitter ... was a three-year letterwinner in basketball.
Luke Walker Stewart ... born Feb. 29, 1988 ... son of Jeff and Amy Stewart ... his father played football at Illinois and his brother Jake played baseball for the Fighting Illini ... major is communications.