6   Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Chicago Ridge, IL

High School:
Richards

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 197

Position:
P/OF

B/T:
L/R


2009: Did not play due to medical redshirt season.

2008: Appeared in 14 games as a pinch-hitter and started 10 games as a DH ... Had 10 hits, a homer, a double and an RBI with three runs scored ... Hit .290 and slugged .419 during the first half of the season ... Tied a career high with three hits against Texas Tech (3/9) ... Picked up his first RBI on the season on a homerun against Dallas Baptist (3/13) ... Went 4-for-10, with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored in three games against Baptist.

2007: Redshirted after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow ... Returned to the mound to post a team-high six victories while compiling a 3.31 ERA for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League during the summer season ... Made 10 starts with one complete game, logging 65.1 innings in 12 appearances on the mound, and added 14 hits, 10 RBI, eight runs and one home run at the plate.


2006: Totaled four victories with a 6.03 ERA in 74.2 innings and hit .289 with two home runs and 14 RBI while slugging .444 during the year ... Scored 17 runs and converted all seven stolen base attempts on the season ... Nine of his 26 hits went for extra bases, including six doubles ... Posted a 3-4 record and a 4.71 ERA in eight conference starts and led NIU with 49.2 MAC innings while walking just 10 and striking out 31 ... Batted .277 with 13 hits, six runs, five RBI, and four doubles in MAC play ... Started and threw five innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs while striking out four in a loss at Arizona State (2/3) ... Earned the win and struck out eight in seven shutout innings while yielding just two hits vs. Eastern Illinois (2/24) ... Threw 6.1 innings, allowing five earned runs, in a loss at Southern Illinois (3/3) ... Went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI at St. Mary's (3/11) ... Worked 3.2 innings with three strikeouts in a loss at Nevada (3/17) ... Had three hits, including a double and triple, with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base at Nevada (3/18) ... Earned the win with 5.2 innings and four strikeouts in game two of a doubleheader at Ohio (3/25) ... Hit safely in both games of a doubleheader vs. Bradley (3/28) ... Worked 5.2 innings with four strikeouts in a loss vs. Akron (4/1) ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored vs. Akron (4/2) ... Collected two hits, including a double, with two RBI and two runs scored vs. Kent State (4/7) ... Earned the win by allowing just three hits and one earned run in 7.0 innings vs. Kent State (4/9) ... Tossed 7.0 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and no walks in a no-decision at Miami (4/16) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double vs. Central Michigan (4/21) ... Notched the win while throwing 6.0 innings, scattering six hits and yielding just two earned runs to go with four strikeouts vs. Central Michigan (4/23) ... Homered and totaled two RBI vs. UIC (4/25) ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base at Eastern Michigan (4/28) ... Threw 6.1 innings and allowed two earned runs in a no-decision at Eastern Michigan (4/30) ... Struck out five without issuing a walk in 6.0 innings, but took the loss at Western Michigan (5/7) ... Stole two bases and scored a run at Valparaiso (5/16) ... Struck out six while allowing four earned runs over 6.0 innings in a loss vs. Toledo (5/18) ... Named to the Northwoods League All-Star game while pitching for the Madison Mallards during the 2006 summer season.

2005: Led NIU with six wins, three complete games, and a 2.85 ERA while totaling 82.0 innings pitched, the second-highest team total, as a freshman ... Earned MAC West Pitcher of the Week honors on March 7 and repeated that feat on May 16 ... Had one home run and five RBI in 69 at-bats on the year ... Allowed three earned runs over five innings in collegiate debut at Texas Tech (2/13) ... Earned complete game victory while yielding just two earned runs at Southern Illinois (3/6) ... Earned the win and struck out seven without allowing an earned run vs. Austin Peay (3/12) ... Belted his first collegiate home run at Eastern Kentucky (3/20) ... Notched his first collegiate save against St. Xavier (3/24) ... Fanned four in six scoreless innings against Northern Iowa (3/29) ... Collected two hits and two RBI vs. Illinois State (4/5) ... Tossed 8.1 innings and struck out six to notch the victory against Bowling Green (4/17) ... Hurled nine innings without yielding an earned run in a no-decision at Akron (5/1) ... Completed team's only shutout of season while earning the win at Eastern Michigan (5/7) ... Recorded his second consecutive complete game victory while allowing just four hits and striking out five vs. Miami (5/15) ... Struck out seven in six innings at Toledo (5/21).

High School: A three-time all-area selection, two-time all-state honoree and earned Area Player of the Year accolades by Star Newspapers and conference pitcher of the year accolades as a senior ... Earned all-state recognition from the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois High School Coaches Association after posting a 10-1 mark, a school-record 1.53 ERA, and 71 strikeouts in 65.1 innings while batting .403 with 22 RBI, 11 doubles and three home runs as a senior ... Second team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune after notching 10 wins, nine complete games, 72 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA in 64.0 innings while hitting .500 with 51 hits, 39 runs and six home runs during his junior year ... Set school's season victory record as a junior and matched his own mark the following season.

Personal: Communications major and psychology minor ... Born July 21, 1986 ... Son of Bill and Therese Smith ... S.A.A.C President at NIU ... Admires Brett Favre, Roger Clemens and Cal Ripken, Jr.

SMITH'S CAREER STATISTICS

YR W-L SV ERA G/GS CG IP H R ER BB SO HBP
2008 0-0 0 0.00 0/0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 4-8 0 6.03 13/13 0 74.2 90 69 59 20 47 13
2005 6-6 1 2.85 17/11 3 82.0 95 55 26 23 56 12
Career 10-14 1 4.37 30/24 3 156.2 188 124 76 43 103

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YR AVG G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO
2008 .238 24/10 42 3 10 1 0 1 1 0 3 11
2006 .289 37/27 90 17 26 6 1 2 14 7 4 17
2005 .188 22/17 159 23 39 7 1 3 19 8 5 36
Career .245 59/44 159 23 39 7 1 3 19 8 5

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Smith's Career Highs

Innings Pitched: 9.0, three times, last at Miami (Ohio), 5/15/05

Strikeouts: 8, vs. Eastern Illinois, 2/24/06

Hits: 3, 3x, last vs. Texas Tech, 3/9/08

Runs Batted In: 2, six times, last at Eastern Michigan, 4/28/06

Runs Scored: 2, twice, last vs. Kent State, 4/7/06

Doubles: 2, at Western Michigan, 5/6/06

Stolen Bases: 2, twice, last at Valparaiso, 5/16/06

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