Matt Smith leads WCU with three hits; Jason Smith with first career homer
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in eight games, all in a reserve role as either a pinch hitter or pinch runner ... Finished with a .200 batting average (1-for-5), reaching base twice with a hit and a HBP ... Posted a .333 on-base percentage ... Scored his first career run in a pinch hit role in game one against Rider (March 15), drawing a HBP before scoring as a part of WCU's 14-run eighth inning ... Collected his first collegiate base hit on a pinch hit single to right field against East Tennessee State (March 19) ... Additionally worked with the Catamount pitching staff as a bullpen catcher; Summer League: Played for the New Market (Va.) Rebels of the Valley League ... Played in 29 games on the summer, collecting eight hits in 85 at bats (.094) with a double ... Recorded 11 RBI and scored five runs ... Drew 15 walks on the summer as a part of a .228 on-base percentage.
2013 (Freshman): Took a medical redshirt, sitting out the season ... Worked with the Catamount pitchers as the bullpen catcher. Summer League: Saw action in 37 games during the summer playing first base and catching for the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League ... Finished with a .213 (19-of-89) batting average and a .348 slugging percentage ... Recorded nine doubles and a home run ... Drove in 20 runs while scoring 16 times ... Walked 16 times with three HBPs to counter 29 strikeouts ... Recorded three multi-hit games including twice collecting three hits in a game ... Tallied three doubles and four RBI on July 27 against the Central Virginia BlueSox.
Prior to Western Carolina: Started his prep career at shortstop, but was asked to move behind the plate ... Played prep baseball at Robert B. Glenn HS ... Also played basketball as a prep, earning All-County honors as a sophomore ... Suffered a torn ACL on the first day of basketball practice his senior season.
Personal: Full name is Jason Caswell Smith ... Is the son of Mike and Debbie Smith ... Has on sibling, Casey ... Comes from a baseball family as his father, Mike; his grandfather played for the Cleveland Indians organization and his great grandfather was a part of three World Series with the New York Yankees.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 1, five times (MR: at Clemson, 4/23/14) Hits: 1, EAST TENNESSEE STATE (3/19/14) Runs: 1, RIDER, Gm1 (3/15/14) HBP: 1, RIDER-Gm1 (3/15/14) Hitting Streak: 1 game (3/19/14)