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ECU's Jake Smith snags Johnny Bench Award

From staff and ECU reports

Jake Smith

Photo: ECU SID

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.

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... 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.

©2006 All rights rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. A release from ECU's athletics media relations office contributed to this report.

02/23/2007 11:24:46 AM


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