Seniors play big role in opening game of senior weekend
Starting catcher, also sees time as the designated player ... Power hitter ... Smart player ... Great attitude coming into senior year ... Improved work ethic ... Participated in a strong conditioning program over the summer ... Have to find ways to keep her in the game ... Enters the season with 15 career home runs, which ties for fourth on USC's all-time list.
With four HR's, she tied for second on the team ... Hit .302 in SEC play ... Was the only player to hit two doubles in more than one game ... Was the team co-leader in doubles with five in SEC play ... Also in SEC games, led the team in RBI with 17 ... Hit a grand slam in the second inning of game one against Kentucky ... In that game, she tied her career high for RBI (5) ... Broke her nose in game against Auburn at SEC Tournament ... Continues to add to her academic achievments as she was named 2005 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year ... Was also named an NFCA Scholar Athlete ... Is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, where in 2005 she was named to the third team ... Is now a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and is a six-time selection to the President's Honor Roll.
2004 CoSida Academic All-American - Second team (first Gamecock to earn this honor) ... SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Had shoulder surgery in Fall 2004 ... Hit the first home run of the season (2/7) ... Ranks seventh on Gamecock's all-time career home run leader list with 11 ... Hit a career high two home runs in game one against Charlotte (2/7) and against Kentucky (4/4) ... Recorded a career high five RBI in game one against Charlotte (2/7) ... Drove in the first run of the season ... In the Charlotte doubleheader, she went 5-for-6, scored three runs and had eight RBI ... Went 2-for-2 with two runs and four RBI's vs. Kentucky (4/4) ... Drove in four runs in game two vs. Alabama ... Went 3-for-3 vs. Coastal Carolina and scored a season-high three runs.
Starting catcher ... Played in 58 games and started 57 ... Recorded 42 hits for fourth best ... One of five to reach double figures in doubles with 10 ... Hit five home runs ... Recorded a slugging percentage of .406 ... Had a .991 fielding percentage ... Hit .255 overall, and in SEC play, she hit .213 ... Scored a career high three runs against Temple ... Went 3-for-3 and scored one run against Mississippi State for a then career high ... Had four RBI against Georgia Tech and Northern Illinois ... Recorded eight multi-hit games ... Hit her first collegiate home run against UNC Greensboro ... In the same game she also hit her first collegiate double ... Recorded a four-game RBI streak ... Hit back-to-back home runs against UNC Greensboro and Georgia Tech.
Graduated from Portage Northern H.S. ... 2002 Michigan Gatorade Softball Player of the Year ... Named 2002 Miss Softball by the Michigan H.S. Coaches Association ... Named the No. 1 softball player in the state by the Detroit Free Press in 2002 ... Named first-team All-American catcher by Student Sports Magazine in 2002 ... Team captain ... Her junior year, she led her high school to a perfect 41-0 season in 2000 for the Michigan State Championship ... Two-time all-state catcher (2001, 2002) ... Helped her high school win three Division I Michigan state championships and four all-conference titles ...Was a three-time all-conference team selection ... In 2002, she set a school batting average record with .491 and the school doubles record with 20 ... In 2001, she hit .441 and set a school record nine home runs and 52 RBI's ... Also lettered in tennis, volleyball and basketball.
Full name is Ashley Carynn Smith ... Majoring in Civil Engineering ... Born on Nov. 18, 1984 ... Is a member of several academic honor organizations: Chi Epsilon, of which she is the President, and Tau Beta Pi (academic honor socities) ... Is a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a national honor and service organization ... Graduated No. 1 in her class with a 4.0 GPA ... Member of the National Honors Society ... Detroit Athletic Club Michigan H.S. Athlete of the Year finalist ... B'Nai B'rith Scholar Athlete Award ... Named as one of the "Top Five Scholar Athletes in Michigan" by the Detroit Free Press ... Featured as one of nine female Super Achievers in the nation by Student Sports Magazine ... Named to Academic All-State Softball Team ... Governor's Council Amateur Athlete of the Year finalist ... Was a four-time State Singles Champion in tennis ... Recorded a school record 103-3 individual match record ... Three-time first team all-state selection in tennis ... Three-time tennis team MVP award ... Parents are Rick Smith and Judy Acker-Smith ... Has two sisters: Kristalyn, who played softball at Western Kentucky and Shannon, who will play for Western Kentucky in 2006-07 ... Father played football at Western Michigan, while her mother was a national tennis champion for the University of Florida.TMTM
Extra-Innings With Ashley...
What is one thing you have always wanted to do? To bungee jump
How would you describe yourself? A perfectionist
What song pumps you up before a game? Bootleg's "I Got Dollars in My Pocket"
What is the best gift someone could ever give you? More than 24 hours in a day. I'd love to have at least two extra hours to do whatever I wanted...maybe even get some sleep!
If you had your choice of one automobile, what would it be? Silver, BMW 760Li Sedan
What is the first CD you ever owned? TLC / Crazy Sexy Cool
I'd like to be ... An engineer who designs rollercoasters and water rides for amusement parks. I am a rollercoaster fanatic!
What is your favorite softball moment? Winning the Little League World Series when I was 13.
What is the best advice you were ever given? Be more concerned with your CHARACTER than your REPUTATION, because your CHARACTER is what you really are, while your REPUTATION is merely what others think you are.
BATTING AND FIELDING