ECU's Jake Smith snags Johnny Bench Award
From staff and ECU reports
East Carolina catcher
Jake Smith was presented the Johnny Bench Award by the Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati
Reds great at the ninth annual Greater Wichita Sports
Banquet on Wednesday night.
The event is sponsored
by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. Jeff Kunkel of Michigan and
Eddy Rodriguez of Miami were other finalists for the award.
Smith led the Pirates
in seven offensive categories including average, hits, doubles, runs batted
in, total bases and slugging percentage, while ranking second in home runs
with 13. The Greensboro product, a Louisville Slugger All-American, finished
his collegiate career with 29 home runs and 135 RBIs, which ranks in the top
12 on ECU's all-time charts.
... In other ECU
baseball news, former East Carolina pitcher Brody Taylor added another
accolade to his impressive two-year Pirate career as he was named to the
2006 American Baseball Coaches Association East regional second-team.
The Shelby native
posted a team-best 8-2 record while leading the Pirates with a 3.12 ERA in
earning second-team All-Conference USA honors.
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02/23/2007 11:24:46 AM