| Jake Smith
A two-way threat, Smith had a solid junior season at the plate and on the mound for the Crimson Tide ... he swatted a career-high 18 home runs as a junior, eclipsing his previous two-year total (16) ... also became a threat on the mound during the latter half of the season as he helped solidify the bullpen ... an outstanding defensive third baseman ... he has been named to the SEC's All-Defensive Team the last two years ... Smith made only five errors in 116 chances at third base last year and committed 10 errors in 181 chances in 2008 ... played in 151 career games and made 148 starts during his three-year career ... compiled a .284 (155-for-546) batting average with 32 home runs and 117 RBI ... also scored 101 runs and added 27 doubles ... coming off his best season, where he hit a whopping .359 (70-for-195) with 18 home runs and 54 RBI, all career highs ... had only 14 home runs and 63 RBI in his first two years at UA ... compiled a .279 (78-for-280) batting average with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 80 career SEC games ... had his best season in 2009, where he batted .333 (38-for-114) with nine home runs and 27 RBI, all career highs ... had 11 home runs and 31 RBI in first two years at UA ... homered in second career at-bat against Georgia State in 2007 ... also homered in his first career SEC at-bat against Tennessee in 2007.
CAREER POSTSEASON NOTES:
Smith has played in eight career postseason games ... posted .250 (8-for-32) career average with one home run and six RBI ... hit safely in six of eight career games ... collected two hits and one RBI at the 2009 SEC Tournament ... made four starts at 2008 SEC Tournament ... batted .200 (3-for-15) with one RBI and two runs scored ... made three starts at 2008 NCAA Conway Regional ... batted .250 (3-for-12) with one home run, four RBI and four runs scored ... went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, one home run and four RBI in NCAA Regional debut against East Carolina (May 30) ... missed the 2007 postseason with an injury.
Suffered season-ending ankle injury (torn ligaments) against South Carolina at SEC Tournament on May 20 ... First-Team All-SEC selection ... SEC All-Defensive Team selection (second year in a row) ... made only five errors in 113 chances at third base ... played and started 49 games at third base (47) or DH (2) ... he hit .359 (70-for-195) with 18 home runs and 54 RBI ... owns single-season home run record for a third baseman (18) ... the previous record was 17 home runs by Andy Phillips (1998) ... fourth on team with 21 multi-hit games ... UA co-leader with six three-hit games ... third on team with 12 multi-RBI games ... UA co-leader with three games of five or more RBI ... one of three UA players to hit for cycle last season, joining Kent Matthes (vs. Nicholls State, Feb. 24) and Josh Rutledge (vs. South Alabama, April 22) ... career-high 18 home runs, more than doubling his previous season high of eight home runs in 2008 ... homered in six (Mississippi, Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Auburn) of 10 SEC series ... homered in three of five SEC home series ... homered in four of five SEC road series ... has three career multi-homer games, including two in 2009 against Alabama A&M (March 17) and LSU (April 12) ... was involved in four of the Tide's six back-to-back homers in 2009 ... hit two grand slams in 2009 against Troy (April 7) and Kentucky (April 24) ... first UA player since Evan Bush (McNeese State and Georgia) in 2005 to hit two grand slams in same year ... Smith now has three career grand slams (McNeese State, 2007) ... named to 2009 Whataburger College Classic All-Tournament Team, after hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two home runs and five RBI ... went 3-for-5 with home run and four RBI in the Tide's 16-2 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 7 ... homered in three straight games from March 5-10 ... hit go-ahead, two-run home run in 8th inning against Auburn at MAX Capital City Classic on March 10 ... career-high six-game RBI streak from March 5-14 ... had four straight multi-hit games from March 7-14 ... posted career-high 10-game hitting streak from March 15-29 ... went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI against Alabama A&M on March 17 ... second career multi-homer game ... also hit two home runs at Georgia on May 16, 2008 ... went 3-for-3 at Florida on March 28 ... UA leading hitter at UF (.545, 6-for-11, 2 HR, 3 RBI) ... UA leading hitter in March (16 G, .459, 28-161, 8 HR, 20 RBI) ... went 2-for-4 with home run and five RBI against Troy on April 7 ... swatted first-inning grand slam in UA's 22-4 win ... 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI at Samford on April 15 ... hit for cycle in the Tide's 10-inning loss ... 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored at Vanderbilt on April 17 ... 2-for-4 with solo home run in series finale ... went 2-for-4 with home run and five RBI against Kentucky on April 24 ... hit game-winning grand slam in UA's seven-run, eighth inning ... swatted 16th home run of the season against South Alabama on April 22 ... matched career high with six at-bats at Mississippi State on May 2 ... hit go-ahead home run in UA's 6-5 win over Arkansas on May 10 ... went 4-for-4 with home run and five RBI in 13-3 win at Auburn on May 16 ... tied career highs with four hits and five RBI against the Tigers ... scored 100th career run at Auburn on May 16 ... notched 150th career hit at Auburn on May 16 ... played 150th career game at Auburn on May 16 ... on the mound, Smith was 0-1 with two saves and a 2.13 ERA in six appearances ... had four scoreless relief outings ... retired first batter in five of six games ... made collegiate pitching debut against Alabama A&M on March 18 and threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts ... added one scoreless inning with one strikeout against UAB on March 25 ... pitched two innings with season-high three strikeouts against Troy on April 7 ... turned in longest outing of his career with three-plus inning stint at Samford on April 15, where he suffered his first career loss as he allowed two runs and four hits in 10-inning loss ... made SEC debut and earned first save with a 3 1/3 inning stint (R, 4 H, 3 K) at Vanderbilt on April 18 as UA clinched its first sweep in Nashville since 2000 ... stranded two inherited runners in sixth inning to preserve 7-5 lead ... notched second save of season with three-up, three-down (2 K) ninth inning against Kentucky on April 26 ... Smith started all three games at third base and went 1 for 7 in the series with a single in game one and a pair of walks in game two.
A solid defensive third baseman ... named to the 2008 SEC All-Defensive Team ... Smith made only 10 errors (.945) in 181 chances at the "hot corner" ... played in 62 games and made 61 starts ... hit .240 (52 for 217) with career-best eight home runs and 34 RBI ... hit safely in 35 of 62 games ... three of his eight home runs came from the No. 9 spot in the batting order ... went 2 for 4 with two RBI against UT Arlington on Feb. 28 in first round of Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco, Texas ... posted a career-high eight-game hitting streak from March 1-11, where he batted .357 (10-for-28) with five runs scored and four RBI ... went 2 for 5 and drove in two runs in the Tide's 17-2 win at North Alabama on March 11 ... stroked a solo home run against No. 4 Vanderbilt on March 22 ... smacked a two-run home run in series finale at LSU (April 6) ... hit .364 4-for-11 against Tennessee (April 12-13) with one home run and four RBI ... stroked three-run home run in the Tide's 11-10 win in the series opener against the Vols ... tallied six-game hitting streak from April 9-19, where he batted .348 (8 for 23) with five runs, two doubles, one home run and seven RBI ... logged career-high six at-bats against Mississippi State on April 19 ... tallied three hits and three RBI in 8-4 win over Lipscomb on April 22 ... recorded a career- high four-hits and two RBI in series-clinching win over Auburn on April 27 ... hit one of three straight home runs (Matt Bentley, Tyler Odle and Smith) in the seventh inning against the Tigers, a feat never before accomplished in UA history ... turned in solid series at No. 7 Georgia with three home runs and four RBI in the Tide's series win ... went 3 for 6 with three runs scored, two home runs and three RBI in UA's 17-13 series-opening win ... he also homered in UA's 16-13 series-clinching win in the finale ... hit safely in three of four games at 2008 SEC Tournament ... went 3 for 12 with four runs scored, home run and four RBI at 2008 NCAA Conway Regional ... went 2 for 4 with home run and
four RBI in first-round win over East Carolina (May 30) ... had an impressive summer where he was named to the 2008 Texas Collegiate League All-Star team ... played for the McKinney (Texas) Marshals ... played for former Tide assistant coach Jim Gatewood ... led the Marshals to a 26-20 overall record on the 2008 TCL regular season and postseason championship ... summer teammate of Del Howell and Jimmy Nelson ... posted a team-leading .290 (36 for 124) batting average with two home runs and 24 RBI in 36 games ... ranked third in doubles (9), fourth in hitting (.290), fourth in slugging percentage (.411) and fifth in RBI (24).
Appeared in 40 games and made 39 starts at three different positions, including third base (37), DH (1) and second base (1) ... missed 10 of the final 14 games of the season with injury ... hit .246 (35-for-134) with six home runs and 29 RBI ... tallied eight multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games ... hit .333 (2-for-6) with one home run and six RBI with bases loaded ... finished third on the team with 11, two-out RBI ... reached base in 32 of 40 games ... hit .318 (28-for-88) with six home runs and 28 RBI in home games ... all six home runs and 26 of his 29 RBI came in home games ... went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in his Alabama debut against Georgia State on Feb. 10 ... collected an RBI single in his first collegiate at-bat and smacked a solo home run in his second career at-bat against the Eagles ... tallied three hits and three RBI against Troy on Feb. 14 ... missed five games with a knee injury from Feb. 23 through March 2 ... posted a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-31, .355) from Feb. 11 through March 4 ... slugged his first career grand slam in a 9-1 win over McNeese State (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) on March 3 ... the five RBI were a career high ... stroked two doubles against No. 17 Nebraska on March 9 ... tallied eight hits (8-for-13, .615) in a three-game stretch vs. Samford and Tennessee from March 14-16 ... went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, one double, one home run and three RBI in his SEC debut against Tennessee on March 16 ... slugged a two-run home run in his first career SEC at-bat against Tennessee ... homered in back-to-back games against Tennessee (2 HR, 5 RBI) on March 16-17 ... earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after hitting .500 (5-for-10, 2 HR, 5 RBI) against the Vols ... led the team with four home runs and 17 RBI in March ... had a game-winning, two-run single vs. LSU on March 31 ... tied the UA single-game record with two sacrifice bunts at No. 1 Vanderbilt on April 8 ... went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 7-6 win over Georgia on April 14 ... played in the summer for the Concord (N.H.) Quarry Dogs in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... started 36 games at Concord and hit .214 (27-for-126) with one home run and 10 RBI ... also added five doubles ... played on the same team with Alabama teammates Austin Graham and Del Howell.
A 2006 graduate of Hueytown High School in Shannon, Ala., where he was a four-year starter for Coach Rick Patterson ... in his final two seasons, Smith hit .461 with 37 home runs and 104 RBI ... set single-season and career school records for home runs and RBI ... as a senior in 2006, he hit .432 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI ... also set single-season and career school records for wins and strikeouts on the mound ... broke Hueytown single-season records held by former Alabama All-American and 2002 First-Round Draft Pick Jeremy Brown ... a member of the 2006 Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... a member of the 2006 Alabama Sports Writer's Association (ASWA) Super 10 Team ... a member of the 2006 Birmingham News Class 5A All-State Team ... a 2006 ASWA All-State Team selection ... as a junior in 2005, he hit .489 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI ... a member of the 2005 Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... a members of the 2005 Birmingham News All-State Team ... a member of the 2005 ASWA All-State Team ... helped Hueytown to a Class 5A state playoff before losing in the quarterfinals to Stanhope Elmore ... his 20 home runs as a junior were the most by a Birmingham metro player since Bo Jackson hit 20 for McAdory High School in 1982.
Full name is Jacob Lewis Smith ... son of Wes Smith and Robby and Denise Tibbs ... has four siblings, Allen and David Smith and Rob and Russ Tibbs.