While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2 Houston on Thursday, May 11, Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team still closed out that season making ECU softball history.
The Pirates’ 4-2 quarter-final victory over No. 3 University of Central Florida on Wednesday, May 10, was their first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship win, resulting in their first-ever AAC semi-final appearance, against the Cougars the following day.
ECU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, rounding out the season with a 26-30 overall record and 5-13 record in the conference.
As for Smith, the former First-Team All-State selection for the Indians capped her junior campaign after starting all 56 games for the Pirates, tallying 31 hits, nine doubles, two homeruns, 13 RBIs and 17 runs in 2017.
Appearing in 157 games since her rookie year, Smith will enter her senior season with a career batting average of .242 and slugging percentage of .350. She currently stands at 109 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, eight home-runs and 45 RBIs on her NCAA career.