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    Makenzie Smith
    7 Makenzie Smith
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Lancaster, Calif.

    High School:
    Desert Christian

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    OF

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R

    2008 Highlights
    • Started 46 games in her final campaign for the Illini
    • Collected seven RBI and 26 total bases on the season
    • Walked and recorded a putout in upset win over No. 6 UCLA

    2007 Highlights
    • Started every game in left field, her first starts of her career
    • With 16 doubles, was just shy of Erin Montgomery for the single-season Illinois record in that category
    • Ranked 40th in the nation in doubles per game
    • In the Big Ten, ranked third in doubles (16) and ninth in RBI (45)
    • One Illinois' single-season list, had the seventh best slugging percentage (.601), the second most doubles, sixth most home runs (11) and third in RBI (45)
    • Was 4-for-8 with a double and three RBI during the first day of the season -- victories over Louisville and Florida International
    • Hit in 15 of 16 games from March 2-25
    • Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic after batting .400 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
    • Hit two home runs, the second keyed a six-run sixth inning, vs. BYU on Feb. 17
    • Had five RBI, including three on a home run in an 11-5 win over Jacksonville
    • Hit .400 with three doubles and four RBI at the Capital Classic
    • First inning grand slam against BYU on 3/23
    • Batted .375 with an .875 slugging percentage in the Diamond Devil Invitational
    • Was 4-for-7 with a home run, a double and two RBI vs. Michigan State
    • Her three-run double tied the score vs. No. 18 Illinois State on April 17, but the Illini couldn't pull out the victory
    • Earned the award for the team's Most Improved Player
    • Hit a 3-run homer to put Illinois up 4-3 against Iowa (lost 7-6)

    2006 Highlights:
    • Appeared in 16 games and started one contest
    • Hit her second career home run vs. Loyola, a three-run pinch-hit shot, on March 28.

    2005 Highlights:
    • Started eight games and appeared in 18 on the season.
    • Had three hits on the year -- two were RBI doubles.

    High School:
    • Played four years of varsity for volleyball, basketball, and softball.
    • Played for the prestigious Southern California Stealth Team
    • Helped her 16U team to 13th placed at the ASA nationals and the 18U-A team to 25th at the ASA Nationals
    • Earned First Team All-CIF Division V honors
    • First team All-League in softball, two years in basketball, and two years in volleyball
    • Named "Southland's # 1 Hitter" by the Los Angeles Times.
    • Earned All-Valley honors by the Antelope Valley Press All-Area by the Daily News.
    • Led the area in batting with a .681 average with 39 runs scored, five triples, 35 RBI, 47 stolen bases, on-base percentage (.902), and slugging percentage (1.157)

    Personal:
    • Born June 15, 1985
    • Daughter of Scott and Becky Smith
    • Sister to younger brother Brit and older sister Heidi.
    • Enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding
    • Plans to major in sport management.

    Getting to know Makenzie...


    Nickname: Mac
    Favorite Food: Snow cones
    Favorite TV show: Nip/Tuck, Will & Grace
    Favorite Musical Group: Sublime
    Favorite Athlete: David Eckstein
    What is the best part of being a college athlete?: The expereince of playing at this level and the freindships you make through out it.
    I'd like to switch places for a day with...: Payton DiBiase because he gets whatever he wants. (Payton is Coach DiBiases' dog)
    If you weren't playing softball, which sport would you want to play?: Football
    What could you not go for a month without?: Diet Coke
    Favorite U of I athleic team: Women's soccer
    Our team will be fun to watch this year because...: We have a lot of new talent and great team chemistry.

    Career Statistics

    Year	AVG.	GP-GS	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	SLG%	BB	HB	SO	OB%	SAC	SB-SBA	PO	A	E	FLD%
    2005	.083	18-8	36	3	3	2	0	1	3	8	.222	2	0	9	.132	1	0-0	5	2	0	1.000
    2006	.188	16-1	16	1	3	0	0	1	4	6	.375	1	0	6	.235	0	0-1	1	0	1	.500
    2007	.301	55-55	163	35	49	16	0	11	45	98	.601	17	3	36	.373	6	1-3	40	3	2	.956
    Total	.256	89-64	215	39	55	18	0	13	52	112	.521	20	3	51	.325	7	1-4	46	5	3	.944
    

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