|13 Jake Smith|
As a Junior in 2005
Leader of the club who started 48 of his 49 games behind the plate ... Missed the last nine games of the season with a knee injury ... In 51 games played, posted a .259 average (43-for-166) with 33 runs scored, 31 RBI and 18 extra-base hits (11 doubles and four home runs) ... Launched home runs against College of Charleston 2/12 (solo), West Virginia 2/25 (two-run), Tulane 3/20 (two-run) and TCU 4/1 (grand slam) ... Two of his home runs came against All-Americans Brian Bogusevic (Tulane) and Lance Broadway (TCU) ... Drove in two or more runs on six occasions, including a career-best four vs. TCU (4/1) ... Recorded 11 multi-hit games including a pair of four-hit performances against Southern Miss (4/10) and UAB (5/13) ... During a five-game hitting streak from April 26 to May 4, went 5-for-12 (.417) with two RBI, four runs scored and five walks ... Batted fourth (five times), fifth (23 times), sixth (11 times) and seventh (10 times) in the Pirate line up ... Hit .262 in 49 starts (43-for-164, four homers) ... When hitting fifth in the order, ECU posted a 15-8 record and when starting behind the plate, ECU was 29-19 ... In Conference USA games collected 24 hits in 83 at-bats (.289) with a pair of home runs and 18 RBI while hitting at a .229 clip in 25 non-league contests ... Favored road games (.311/28-for-90, four homers and 21 RBI) as opposed to home games (.197/15-for-76) ... Had success against RHP (.276/34-for-123) and batted .209 (9-for-43) against lefties ... With runners in scoring position, posted a .241 average (13-for-54) and when runners were on third with less than two outs, hit .688 (11-for-16) ... Boasted a .988 fielding percentage (four errors and 38 assists in 322 chances) ... Threw out 16-for-30 base stealers (.652 SBA percentage) which ranked second in C-USA ... Ranked in the top-five in sac flies and hit by pitches (first), doubles (third) and games started (4th) ... Was fourth in Conference USA in sac flies (6) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.303, 2 HR, 7 RBI), March (.118, 1 HR, 10 RBI), April (.278, 1 HR, 11 RBI), and May (.429, 0 HR, 5 RBI).
As a Sophomore in 2004
Slowed by an early season injury but resiliency and work ethic allowed play in 41 games ... Made 19 starts (13 behind the plate, six as designated hitter) ... Batted .293 (27-for-92), scored 10 runs and drove in 13 ... Banged out five extra-base hits - three doubles (Memphis 3/26, Charlotte 4/2, UNC-Wilmington 6/7) and a pair of homers (both vs. TCU 5/15) ... Drilled a solo shot in the fifth inning and a two-run blast in the sixth against the Horned Frogs ... Enjoyed excellent defensive campaign, charged with only one error in 120 chances (.992 fielding percentage) ... Hit .311 vs. RHP (19-for-61) and .258 vs. LHP (8-for-31) ... Successful on 10-for-30 at-bats (.333) with runners in scoring position (RISP) ... Among team leaders with two outs (.346) ... Was ECU's top pinch hitter (7-for-19/.386) ... Author of five multi-hit games (two hits each against Delaware 2/22, Appalachian State 3/10, Charlotte 4/3, Saint Louis 5/7 and TCU 5/15) ... Drove in two or more runs on four occasions, including a season-high three vs. the Horned Frogs 5/15 ... Turned in a trio of season-best four-game hitting streaks (2/28 to 2/29 in Keith LeClair Classic against Clemson and Georgia Southern; 3/10 to 3/14 vs. Appalachian State and Charleston Southern; and 5/7 to 5/15 vs. Saint Louis, N.C. State and TCU) ... Batted 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th in the Pirate order during the year ... Hit .254 in 19 starts (17-for-67, two homers) ... Played in four post-season games and went 1-of-6 (.167) ... Faced Louisville and TCU in the Conference USA Tourney (0-of-4), before smacking a double and driving in a pair of runs vs. UNC Wilmington 6/7 during the Kinston NCAA Regional ... Made one plate appearance vs. South Carolina 6/13 in the Super Regional ... Hit .342 in 19 C-USA contests (13-for-38, pair of homers) and sported a .259 clip in 22 non-league contests ... Did not make an error in 60 fielding chances against conference foes ... Topped reserves with a .379 average in 15 road games (11-for-29) but hit .263 in 22 games at Harrington Field ... A .308 day-game hitter (.259 at night) ... Month-by-month analysis includes February (.280-0-3), March (.318-0-0), April (.357-0-1), May (.241-2- 7) and June (.500-0-2) ... Did not commit an error in his last 81 chances ... Grounded into one double play all season (vs. Delaware 2/21) ... Hit safely in 22 of 41 games.
As a Freshman in 2003
Named to the 2003 C-USA All-Freshman team, leading all league freshmen in home runs ... Blasted 10 round-trippers, fourth most by any freshman in ECU history ... First two collegiate hits were home runs -- both shots coming against UCF (2/22) ... Started 35 games behind the plate and came off the bench to hit a pair of homers at home against North Carolina (4/16) ... In all, started 42 of 46 games played and hit .284 ... Hit an insidethe- park HR at Louisville, going 4-of-5 in the opener of the series (4/26).
At Southern Guilford High School
A four-year letterman at catcher for coach Charlie Gamble ... Helped Indians advance to the state playoffs all four years of prep career ... An allstate and all-conference selection, batting .455 with 13 home runs as a senior ... Drew 60 walks while fanning just five times ... Selected as the area and conference player-of-the-year ... Set school record for most home runs in four-year career ... Also lettered four years at quarterback for the SGHS football program.
Full name is Jacob Spencer Smith ... Born June 5, 1983 in Greensboro, N.C. ... Son of Kim Smith, Sr., and Scarlett Smith ... Has two brothers (Kim, Jr., and Josh) ... Majoring in physical education.