Natalie Smith - Softball - University of Kentucky Athletics 00


  • class Senior
  • High school Greenway

Junior (2009): An All-SEC Academic team performer … Inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character … Blasted her first walk-off home run in the upset victory over Tennessee in the bottom of the seventh … Tallied a hit and a sacrifice fly for two RBI in the win over Oregon … Plated two scores on two hits in the win over Hawaii … Had a two-run single in UK’s win over UNLV … Had a hit and a stolen base in the win over San Diego State … Notched a two-run single in the win over Maryland … Blasted a game-tying three-run double in UK’s upset win over LSU … Had a seventh inning single in the come-from behind win over Morehead State … Registered two hits, including a double, while scoring three runs in the series sweep of Auburn … Plated a score with a single in the win over Arkansas … Drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in a win over WKU … Had a single and two RBI in a win over Ole Miss … Tallied a season-best three hits in the win over South Carolina … For the series against the Gamecocks she had five hits and two RBI … Drove in a pair of runs on two hits in the win over Canisius in the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore (2008): Earned Academic All-SEC honors … Started all 54 games for the Blue and White, giving her 100 career starts for her career … Was second on the squad with a .337 batting average while notching 12 extra base hits and 21 RBI on the year … Ranks among UK’s all-time career leaders in batting average, triples and slugging percentage after just two seasons … Smacked a career-high four hits in the loss to No. 15 Hawai’i … Hit two doubles in that loss … Recorded three hits, including an RBI triple, and three runs scored in a win over Toledo … Went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and her first home run of the season in a win over Wright State … Two-run double in the sixth ignited a six-run inning for the Wildcats in their win over Indiana … Registered five hits in two games against Morehead State … Scored three times, while also plating three scores in the wins over the Eagles … Singled in the top of the eighth and then scored on Molly Johnson’s home run to give UK a 2-0 upset win over Tennessee … Combined to go 6-of-8 in two games against Indiana … Set a season high with three RBI in the series-clinching victory over Ole Miss.

Freshman (2007): Started 46 games for the Wildcats at second base before an ankle injury sidelined her for the Alabama series … Batted .370 and led the Wildcats in triples (4), stolen bases (8) and at-bats (162) … Second on the team in batting average (.370), hits (60), runs scored (34) and sacrifice bunts (4) … Finished third with nine doubles … Recorded 18 multiple-hit games and tied for the team’s longest hitting streak of the season with a hit in nine straight games … Drove in season-high five runs in a win over Saint Mary’s and had a personal-best four hits in the win over Sacramento State … Scored a season-high three runs on two occasions … Named the SEC Freshman of the Week on March 26.

High School: Played middle infield at Greenway High School in Glendale, Ariz. … Named All-Arizona and first-team All-Region in 2006 … Was named first-team All-State in 2005 … Two-time All-Region selection … Received second-team All-State honors in 2004 … Broke the Greenway HS single-season record for hits with 56 as a sophomore and earned second-team All-State honors … Has succeeded off the field as well and is a member of the National Honor Roll, Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman School Nominee … Served as the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper as a senior.

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