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2013: Smith emerged as a regular in the Bears' lineup as a junior, hitting .277 in 42 games, including 30 starts...Slugged .393 and fielded .990, while matching a team high with four pinch hits...Batted .340 (18-for-53) and handled each of his 102 fielding chances without an error at home...Went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and an RBI in the Bears' season-opening win at Texas State (Feb. 15)...Launched his first career home run--a two-run shot--March 1 vs. Northwestern State in a 14-3 MSU victory...Posted back-to-back multi-hit games March 9-10 to help the Bears complete a three-game sweep of Northwestern; hit his second home run and scored twice in a 7-5 win in the second game of the series, then logged a career-high three hits the following day in a 3-2 victory...Also helped MSU wrap up an MVC series sweep of Indiana State (March 31) with a 2-for-3 game in which he doubled and drove in a run in a 7-6 victory...Recorded hits in five straight games, March 8-13, batting .500 (8-for-16)...Posted a personal-best eight-game hit streak, May 4-18, with two-hit games against Wright State (May 10) and Creighton (May 17)...Named Coors MSU Player of the Week on March 11 and May 20...Picked up honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition, as well as MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and Honor roll citations...Earned California Collegiate League All-Star honors for the Southern California Catch after finishing third in the circuit in home runs (6) and slugging (.577), as well as sixth in batting (.354).
2012: Appeared in 18 games, including six starts, as a sophomore, hitting .227 with three runs batted in...Batted .286 (2-for-7) in MVC play...Started at first base in the Bears' 4-2 win at Texas Tech (Feb. 19), going 0-for-2 with seven putouts in the field...Registered his first hit as a Bear with a two-out, ninth-inning, pinch-hit double that drove in MSU's lone run in a 3-1 setback to SIU Edwardsville (March 10)...Drove in a run in his second-straight game March 13, vs. Purdue...Recorded a career-high two hits in the Bears' 5-0 win over ORU (March 17)...Logged his first game-winning RBI as a Bear with an RBI double against Creighton (March 23) in MSU's 3-0 victory...Broke up Evansville's no-hit bid with a lead-off, pinch-single in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss (May 13)...Clubbed a pair of homers and drove in 11 runs in 25 games with the Joplin Outlaws of the MINK League over the summer.
2011: Played in seven games as a pinch-hitter and first baseman...Walked against Nebraska (Feb. 20)...Named to the MVC Honor Roll for his performance in the classroom...Played for the Arvada Colts in summer ball, batting .347 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 28 games for a club that went 46-8 overall and advanced to the NBC World Series in Wichita.
Background: Smith was a high school teammate of former Bear Keenen Maddox at Parkway West High...Named first-team All-Suburban South Conference his final three seasons...Batted .312 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and a .675 slugging percentage as a senior...Hit .388 during his junior season, slugging .821 with eight homers and 26 RBIs...Started on the varsity as a freshman, hitting .323 as an honorable mention all-conference player...Outstanding racquetball player who placed second in No. 6 singles and fourth in No. 3 doubles at the 2009 USA Racquetball High School National Championship, and sixth in No. 2 singles and fourth in No. 2 mixed doubles at the 2008 national event.
Personal: Conor Alan Smith was born July 31, 1991, in St. Louis, Mo...Married Chelsea Smith on August 12, 2012...Son of Alan and Peggy Smith...Majoring in cell and molecular biology with minors in French and chemistry.