Aug. 24, 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's highest-ever MLB draft pick Eric Smith (60th overall, second round) was recently promoted within the Arizona Diamondback's organization.
After making nine appearances for the Missoula Osprey (Rookie League), the right-handed pitcher was elevated to the South Bend River Hawks' roster - Arizona's Single-A affiliate.
Smith went 0-3 in Missoula with a 4.21 ERA. He held opponents to a .232 average while striking out 21 batters in 25.2 innings pitched.
He signed professionally after completing his junior year at Rhode Island, where he was an Atlantic 10 First Team selection as well as an NEIBA All-New England second teamer. He was instrumental in Rhody's 3-0 win over eighth-ranked Miami as he pitched eight shutout innings, struck out five batters and allowed just three hits to help URI pull off the biggest victory in the program's history. A week later in a no-decision appearance against fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton, he struck out four batters with zero walks over 6.2 innings of work.
Smith continued his dominance in conference play, tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout in Rhody's 3-0 win over Dayton, becoming the only pitcher to hold the regular-season champions scoreless over nine innings this year. He finished the 2009 regular season leading the conference with a .222 overall opposing batting average and .214 in A-10 games while ranking second overall in the league in hits allowed (51), earned runs allowed (26) and earned runs allowed (24).
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