Canisius College baseball player Devon Stewart has been named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Stewart is the third Golden Griffin to receive the honor in the last six years as Ian Choy (2007) and Shane Davis (2008) have previously earned the accolades.
The 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Stewart made 15 starts during the 2012 season, going 6-4 with a 3.80 earned run average in 94.2 innings pitched (most in program history by a freshman), including three complete games. Stewart led MAAC freshmen in ERA, innings pitched, starts and strikeouts (60) while tying for the lead in victories. He was one of two players in the MAAC, along with teammate Billy Martin, to make 15 starts in 2012. Stewart went at least six innings in 12 of 15 starts and allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 starts.
Stewart went eight innings in the winners' bracket game of the 2012 MAAC Championship as he earned the win in a 10-3 victory over Rider University. The 6-foot-2 righty allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out seven against the Broncs. Stewart threw a seven-inning shutout of Iona College on May 5, allowing one Gael to reach third base, retiring 13 of the last 14 batters and throwing a first-pitch strike to 20 of the 27 batters he faced. Stewart also had nine strikeouts against Penn State on April 7, the most strikeouts by a Golden Griffin freshman since the 2000 season.
Stewart was the only player from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to earn Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.