SoCon Honor Roll
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Served as the opening day starter and started every Friday night of the season… Earned a 6-5 record in a team-high 88.2 innings pitched… Struck out 72 batters while allowing 35 walks… Earned a 6.19 Earned Run Average… Won his first game as a Spartan after throwing 7.0 innings, allowing three hits and a pair of unearned runs against Army (Mar. 4) striking out seven batters)… Defeated Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., tossing 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run and struck out six batters... Worked a complete game victory, striking out a career-best nine batters against Marist (Mar. 18)… Threw 7.0 innings, allowing one unearned run and struck out eight in a victory over The Citadel (Apr. 8)… Shutout Samford (Apr. 29) for 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and struck out six in a 10-2 win over the Bulldogs… His one relief appearance came in the SoCon tournament in an elimination game with Furman (May 27), where he struck out one batter.
2015 (Junior): Did not compete in any games due to NCAA transfer rules
Gardner-Webb 2014 (Sophomore): Appeared in 12 contests with four starts … Produced a 3-1 record and compiled a 4.75 earned run average … Struck out 19 batters in 30.1 innings … Also hit .226 in 62 at bats … Picked up wins over eventual Super Regional participant Kennesaw State, Furman and UNC Asheville … Hurled eight strong innings at Kennesaw State, allowing just two earned runs and striking out three … Put together a five-game hitting streak from April 25-May 2 during which he was 9-for-15 with two runs scored and three RBI … Made just two errors to end up with a .982 fielding percentage.
2013 (Freshman): Two-way standout saw action in 10 games as a position player and made nine appearances on the mound (five starts) … Made four starts at catcher … Batted .200 with three hits in 15 at bats … Had a game-winning RBI double vs. North Carolina A&T (4/13) … Went 1-1 with a 5.53 ERA in 27.2 innings of mound work … Drew a handful of difficult mid-week assignments, starting at Western Carolina (4/17), vs. South Carolina (4/23) and East Carolina (4/30) … Worked 4.2 innings and fanned four in a no decision vs. the Gamecocks, a game Gardner-Webb rallied to win late … Hurled a season-high 6.2 innings with only three runs allowed vs. ECU … Hurled 4.0 scoreless relief innings to collect a hold vs. Morehead State (2/21).
High School: Starred at Whiteville High under Coach Brett Harwood … An honorable mention All-Atlantic Region selection by Perfect Game … A 2012 Class 2A All-State selection … A three-time All-Columbus County selection … Led team to the 2012 Class 2A State Championship … Posted a 9-4 record with a 1.43 ERA and 95 strikeouts on the mound … Walked just 23 batters … Batted a strong .365 with 27 RBI, 11 doubles, two home runs and two triples … Pitched the Wolfpack to three wins and batted .455 in eight playoff games in 2012 … Played sophomore and junior seasons at East Columbus (N.C.) High … Led East Columbus to the N.C. Class 1A State Championship as a junior … Chose Gardner-Webb over George Washington and Navy.
Personal: Full named is Stephen Hunter Smith … Born March 18, 1994 in Whiteville, N.C. … Son of Stephen and Susan Smith … Majoring in business administration.