Ryan Smith 2007 game-by-game stats (updated regularly)
Spirited catcher who will compete for starting role ... made all-around improvements in fall while working with elite Irish pitchers ... physical player with strong arm ... outgoing leader and strong communicator on field ... developing offensive threat who can consistently hit the ball hard ... named a 2006 ABCA third team All-American (the first- and second-team catchers both signed as MLB first-rounders) ... hit 1-for-8 in annual Blue- Gold fall intrasquad series, with lone hit being a solo home run to dead center field to give Gold 2-0 lead in 8-3 clincher (also had sac. bunt, strikeout and error in series) ... could face former Maryland Monarchs and Team Maryland teammate Daniel Cropper (a freshman pitcher at UNC Wilmington) in '07 season ... joins Notre Dame baseball program that features 11 all-time monogram winners from Maryland, including recent first baseman Jeff Felker (Ellicott City/Mount St. Joseph HS) ... takes on number-45 jersey worn previous three seasons by two-sport standout Jeff Samardzija ... other recent players to wear number 45 include setup pitcher Brandon Viloria, lefthanded specialist Chris McKeown and another two-way talent Irv Smith ... one of 19 ND baseball players who posted GPA of 3.0 plus (3.08) in '06 fall semester.
PREP & PERSONAL: Record-setting player at Westlake HS, earning 2006 third team All-America honors from American Baseball Coaches Association ... hit .446 as a senior, with .862 slugging (7 HR, 6 2B), 37 RBI and 15 walks (8 stolen bases, just 4 Ks) ... threw out 3-of-6 attempted basestealers (plus 9 pickoffs) ... set school records for season on-base pct. (.608, in '05) and triples (3), plus career hits (87), triples (6) and games played (83) ... other '06 honors included Louisville Slugger honorable mention All-America, southern Maryland player of the year, county player of the year, first team all-Met (Washington Post), first team all-conference and conference allacademic ... played in Brooks Robinson Senior All-Star Game and '05/'06 state all-star games (HR in '06) ... started 83 of 84 career games ... threw out 11-of-17 basestealers in final two seasons ... junior-year honors included honorable mention all-Met, first team all-conference, first team allcounty and team MVP, (.482, 20 RBI, 4 HR, threw out 9-of-13) ... four-year letterwinner (as catcher and third baseman) who captained team final two seasons ... hit .400 with Team Maryland at '05 Sunbelt Classic (Norman, Okla.) ... played with Maryland Monarchs Summer Showcase Team and Maryland Oriolanders Fall Showcase Team ... hit .373 as a sophomore (3 HR, 18 RBI), earning first team all-county, second team all-conference and team offensive MVP ... batted .342 (2 HR, 44 RBI) in summer of '05 with Chaney American Legion ... WHS rookie of the year (honorable mention allcounty) ... lettered with football as sophomore QB and linebacker ... cousin Chris Maples was third baseman at North Carolina and 6th-round draft pick of Detroit Tigers in '02 ... father Kevin Smith played baseball at Towson State in early-'80s ... born April 13, 1988, in Clinton, Md. ... son of Kevin and Carol Smith ... full name is Robert Ryan Smith ... enrolled in First Year of Studies.