Honors & Awards
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2003; Spring 2004)
2005 Outlook: Sophomore Al Smith returns after backing up All-Big 12 infielder Curtis Ledbetter in 2004 • Appeared in 18 games as a true freshman, batting .296 with a homer and three RBIs, despite playing most of the second half of the year with a shoulder injury • Missed the entire fall after having shoulder surgery in September, but is expected to return to action this spring • Was a former two-time all-state pick in high school, guiding Omaha Westside to a 32-3 record and a state title as a senior • Named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in his first two semesters at NU, carrying a 3.505 GPA.
2004: Smith was a valuable reserve, backing up All-Big 12 first baseman Curtis Ledbetter • Batted .296 with a homer and three RBIs in 18 games, as he also saw time at designated hitter • Showed a knack for getting on base, ranking second with a .486 on-base percentage, as he drew six walks and was hit by four pitches in just 37 plate appearances • Appeared in six league tilts, hitting .333 with a double and an RBI • Enjoyed his best Big 12 series at No. 1 Texas in Austin, going 2-for-6 with one hit-by-pitch against the Longhorns • Drove in his only run in Big 12 play with an RBI double at Missouri on April 17 • Replaced an injured Curtis Ledbetter in the series against New Mexico (April 5-6), going 2-for-5 while drawing a career-high three walks in the finale • Belted his first career homer off Boston College starter Kevin Shepard in a win over the Eagles on March 19 • Hit twice in his only two plate appearances vs. Creighton (4/20) • Delivered a pinch-hit RBI single vs. Northern Iowa on May 11.
Omaha Westside High School: Smith was one of the state’s top players during his prep career at Omaha Westside for Coach Bob Greco • Chosen as the state’s top high school draft prospect by Baseball America after guiding Westside to a 32-3 record, a state title and a No. 10 national ranking from USA Today in 2003 • Was a two-time All-Nebraska selection by both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald after hitting .500 with seven homers and 47 RBIs as a senior • Paced the state in RBIs and ranked among state leaders in nearly every major category, including batting average (third), runs (47, second), homers (second) and hits (53, second) • Tabbed an all-metro honoree in 2003 after hitting .483 with six homers and 38 RBIs.
Personal: Born on Aug. 16, 1984, in Omaha • Parents are Phil and Sherry Smith • Has two brothers (Nate and Matt) • Is a general studies major.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2004.... .296 18-10 27 4 8 1 0 1 3 6 7 0-1
TOTAL... .296 18-10 27 4 8 1 0 1 3 6 7 0-1