Amber Smith
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Amber Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fairfield, Calif.

High School:
Fairfield

Position:
P/1B

Experience:
3L

Bats/Throws:
R/R

THE HONORS
► 2006, 2007, 2008 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team
► 2006, 2007, 2008 All-MVC First-Team selection
► 2008 NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team
► 2008 MVC All-Tournament Team
► Four-time MVC Player of the Week
► 2006 Easton/Bell Sports Second-Team All-American
► 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third-Team All-American
► 2006 MVC Newcomer of the Year

2008 | JUNIOR
Enters the 2009 season ranked fifth among active NCAA Division I softball players in career home runs (40) ... set the Missouri Valley Conference career home run record with her 40th-career home run - a solo shot - against Missouri State (May 9) at the State Farm MVC Tournament in Carbondale, Ill. ... ranks first in career home runs at Illinois State and is second in career RBI and career walks ... named to the All-MVC First Team and the MVC All-Tournament Team ... member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... led all Redbird pitchers with a 2.10 ERA (fifth-best in The Valley) and a 14-9 record ... recorded a string of 12-straight appearances in the circle without suffering a loss ... tied a career-high for RBI in a game with five at Bradley (April 14) ... picked up all three of Illinois State's victories in the circle in a series sweep of Evansville (April 5-6) ... earned her fourth-career MVC Player of the Week honor April 8 ... earned NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament honors ... set a team-high for strikeouts in a game (pitching) with 10 against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Hofstra (March 1), while she also recorded her first-career shutout against the Pride (2-0) ... tied a career-high high for hits with four at Indiana State (April 2) ... pitched the first complete-game victory of her career in an 8-1 win over Florida International (Feb. 17).

2007 | SOPHOMORE
Selected to the All-MVC First Team ... named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... named to the initial Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Top-50 Watch List for the Sixth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in January ... preseason All-MVC Team selection ... had the second-highest fielding percentage on the team among regular starters at .98 ... recorded two multiple-home run games, (March 11 versus Belmont; April 14 at Drake) ... earned first-collegiate decision in the circle against Northern Iowa (March 17) ... recorded a 3-1 record in the circle ... one of three Redbirds to collect 40 or more hits and RBI in the same season, with 60 hits and 41 RBI ... helped to make ISU history April 14 when she hit two of the six total home runs in a single game at Drake and hit the last of back-to-back-to-back shots in the same contest ... broke the ISU career home run record April 14 at Drake with her 26th-career shot ... earned two Valley Player of the Week honors (April 16; April 30).

2006 | FRESHMAN
Easton/Bell Sports Second-Team All-American ... Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third-Team All-American ... NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year ... All-Valley First Team ... fell just one home run shy of tying the MVC/ISU single-season standard (18), and was one RBI short of the then-Redbird single-season RBI record of 51 ... named to the Western Kentucky Invitational All-Tourney Team ... two-time MVC Player of the Week (April 10; May 8) ... only player in ISU softball history to amass at least 40 hits, 40 runs scored and 40 RBI in a single season ... established new Redbird freshman records for home runs 17), RBI (50), total bases 104) and walks (31) ... hit a pair of home runs in three different games ... drove in a season-high five runs against Drake (April 8) ... started all 54 games ... led the MVC in RBI, home runs and base on balls ... led the team in home runs, RBI, total bases, walks, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, two-out RBI and multiple-RBI games ... hit .402 with runners on base and .414 when they were in scoring position ... batted .413 in neutral-site games with a team-best 19 hits.

HIGH SCHOOL | FAIRFIELD
Spent her freshman year at Benicia High School, where she started on both the softball and basketball teams ... three-year starter in softball and basketball at Fairfield High School ... named softball team MVP as a senior, in addition to receiving conference Pitcher of the Year accolades ... earned conference Pitcher and Player of the Year honors in 2004 ... named to the all-city softball team in 2003 and 2004 ... kept her ERA under 0.03 her final three years of high school ... batted .350 as a junior and .480 as a senior ... four-year honor roll member ... received an academic achievement award in 2004

PERSONAL
Born July 25, 1987 ... Parents: Daniel and Paula Kindschy ... Sibling: Andrew (12) ... Major: recreation management.