LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Brett Smith was named one of the 10 national finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award for the sport of baseball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Back in March, Smith was picked as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. At this stage, a nationwide fan vote begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through June 7. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. This year's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the College World Series in June.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Joining Smith on the list of finalists are Tyler Buffett of Oklahoma St,, Adrian Chinnery of Navy, Jackson Cramer of West Virginia, Anthony Critelli of Holy Cross, Todd Czinege of Villanova, Pat Krall of Clemson, Evan Kruczynski of East Carolina, Hunter Schryver of Villanova and Caleb Stayton of Ball State.
A team captain, Smith and his teammates make frequent trips to local food banks in the area. A mechanical engineering major, Smith and fellow classmates are creating a tennis ball machine with the capability of reading the position of the player and being able to determine where to shoot the ball.
On the field, Smith has been one of the top players in the Patriot League upon his arrival to Lewisburg. He is a three-time All-Patriot League selection and was the 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Smith was awarded the Lee S. “Bud” Ranck Memorial Award, presented for outstanding spirit and contributions to the Bucknell athletic program.
Smith is the program's all-time leader in several categories, including games played, games started and hits, while ranking among the top-10 in runs, walks, doubles and triples. Durability has never been a concern for the senior, as Smith has started in 187 consecutive contests.
This season, Smith is batting .322 with 58 hits, 21 RBIs and 34 runs scored.