Veteran utility infielder who played two seasons at Centralia (Wash.) Community College before first joining the Irish for the 2005 season ... hard worker and classic team player who has tools to play second base, shortstop or third ... steady fielder with good hands and accurate arm ... lends poise, maturity and college experience to '06 team ... contact hitter who will be looking to improve his offense in final season ... excellent student who carries a 3.64 cumulative GPA, as a Spanish major ... played `05 summer ball with DuPage Dragons of Illinois Collegiate League, appearing in 30 games (27 starts, 16 walks, 8 runs) ... had a single, walk and scored twice for Blue team in `04 fall intrasquad scrimmage (he also scored twice in the `05 fall intrasquad series) ... three of his DuPage teammates play for teams on ND's `06 schedule: Oklahoma's Joe Dunigan, Texas A&M's Erik Paulson and Western Michigan's Derek Schlecker (Oakland assistant John Musachio was on the Dragons staff) ... his former North Thurston High School teammate Brian Burmester is a 1B/DH for Iowa, which will face ND four times in `06 (Smith and Burmester helped lead NTHS to the state baseball title) ... one of six Washington natives to play for the Notre Dame baseball program in the Paul Mainieri era ... inherited No. 5 jersey worn previously by All-America third baseman Matt Macri.
AS A JUNIOR: Hit .292 in 19 games played, mostly as a reserve infielder (3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 Es) ... made two starts, at shortstop in early 4-2 win at Central Florida and in midseason win over Manchester College ... made his debut with the Irish in opener versus Florida A&M (1-for-2, RBI, R; 18-3) ... hit 2-for-4 versus Ball State (RBI, R) ... walked and scored in 9-3 loss to USC.
PREP & PERSONAL: Hit .307 as a sophomore at Centralia CC (11 RBI, 38 R, 8 2B, 11 SB) after setting team record with 18 times hit-by-pitch in `03 ... three-sport athlete at North Thurston HS, earning two letters in baseball (.347 career hitter) ... helped senior-year team go undefeated and earn No. 41 national ranking (`02 conference, regional titles) ... played in Southwest Washington, NWAACC all-star games ... twice lettered as basketball point guard ('02 captain) ... lettered as senior safety/receiver in football ... member of honor society and editor of school paper ... his grandfather Ed Smith is a 1945 Notre Dame graduate ... father Ed Smith played baseball and basketball at Gonzaga ... born Feb. 8, 1984, in Olympia, Wash. ... son of Ed and Roma Smith ... full name is Edward Patrick Smith ... a Spanish major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
Smith's Career Stats