Sport: Women's Fastball/Women's Volleyball
Institution: Durham College
Erin Smith of Stratford, Ont., came to Durham College in the fall of 2001. She graduated in 2005 having left her mark on Lords history as one of its greatest dual-sport athletes.
On the fastball diamond, Smith was dominant on both sides of the ball, posting a .403 career batting average (60-for-149) with 34 runs batted in and 47 runs scored in 45 games.
On the mound, she was nearly unhittable, posting a 24-0 career record with a 1.04 earned-run average and 156 strikeouts. She finished on a high, posting a 6-0 record allowing no earned runs in the 2004-05 season, where she was named the OCAA's Player of the Year.
Smith led the Lords to an OCAA silver medal in 2001-02, followed by three straight gold medals from 2002-03 to 2004-05. Smith racked up the accolades in her four seasons; she was the team's Most Valuable Player every year, an OCAA All-Star three times (2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05), the OCAA's Top Pitcher three times (2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05), the Most Valuable Player at the OCAA Championship twice (2002-03, 2003-04), and the Top Pitcher at the OCAA Championship twice (2002-03, 2003-04).
She was also a key contributor to Durham's OCAA-record 56-game winning streak, stretching from the 2002-03 season through the 2005-06 season. In addition, her No. 11 jersey was retired upon her graduation.
Smith was also a force on the volleyball court for the Lords. She was a four-year starter for the Lords, her statistics improving with every season. All told, she finished her tenure with 564 points, second-most in Durham College history, though her 3.6 points per game is the all-time record among Lords who have played in at least 21 games.
The volleyball team made the OCAA's final four every year Smith was there, highlighted by a gold medal in 2001-02. The 2003-04 season proved to be Smith's biggest as she recorded 203 points in 47 games to lead the OCAA's Central-East Division in scoring, earning OCAA All-Star and CCAA All-Canadian honours in the process.