2013: Worked his way from the bullpen to the rotation, making 16 appearances and seven starts ... improved ERA by five points from last year, finishing with a 5.85 ERA in 52.1 innings and a 1-6 record ... made first appearance on Opening Day against Winthrop (2/15), going three innings with just one run ... went six innings against Buffalo (2/25), allowing just one earned run ... went 5.2 innings of scoreless relief against Norfolk State (4/13) ... earned first MEAC start against Delaware State (4/20), going six innings with two earned runs ... followed up with a seven-inning performance vs. Coppin State (4/27), earning the victory with two runs allowed.
2012: Pitched in 21 games with three starts, throwing 34 innings to lead all UMES newcomers ... struck out 29 batters, second highest strikeout per nine innings rate on the team (7.7) ... finished with 0-6 record and 10.85 ERA ... made debut at Gardner-Webb, throwing an inning with a run allowed with a strikeout (2/18) ... pitched 1.2 innings with an earned run and two strikeouts at Navy (2/22) ... had three-inning scoreless outing vs. Mount St Mary's (3/28) ... appeared in five games as a batter and reserve shortstop ... made debut as pinch hitter vs. Gardner-Webb (2/17) ... had RBI hit by pitch at Coppin State (3/31).
High School/Club: Lettered in baseball and football at Wilson High School ... earned Pro-Day and Baseball Factory All-American award ... named all-region all four years of high school ... had a career average of .490 plus a 1.09 ERA ... won the 2007 state championship in football ... played for the Florence Legion in American Legion ball in Florence, finishing with a 1.02 ERA.
Personal: Born Sept. 4, 1992 in Florence, S.C. ... full name is James Lawrence Smith ... nickname is "Chipper" ... son of Felicia R. Smith ... major is business-marketing ... pregame routine includes listening to music ... personal best sports moment was winning the state championship in '07 ... lists his father, who was his biggest fan, as person who influences him most ... plans to play major league baseball or run the family business upon graduation ... favorite saying is "Success is when hard work meets opportunity." ... favorite movie is "Friday" ... personal athletic goal this season is to earn All-MEAC honors with a sub-2.50 ERA and bat at least .250.
CAREER HITTING STATISTICS
CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS