HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program added a new name to its growing list of players heading to the next level on Tuesday.
After being offered a scholarship, Red Hawks sophomore pitcher Julian Smith announced his intentions to play at N.C. State University following this school year — marking the first time CVCC's baseball program has sent an athlete to a Power Five conference.
"I am proud and thankful for the opportunity to continue my academics and baseball career at N.C. State," Smith said on Tuesday.
As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Smith tallied two wins in seven starts. He also made one save in his nine total appearances, including 51 strikeouts.
After sitting out this past spring following Tommy John surgery, Smith has more than bounced back from his ailment, seeing an increase in his velocity. During his first start of the fall on Friday at Winston-Salem State, Smith was clocked at 91 to 94 miles per hour on his fastball.
"We are very excited for Julian as he's worked to get to this point," said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. "N.C. State and the ACC are getting a good one."
Smith continues a long line of baseball commits and signees at the Catawba Valley Community College and adds to a list of Red Hawk baseball alumni who have gone on to Anderson, Applachian State, Brevard, Carson-Newman, Cornell, East Carolina, Emmanuel, Emory & Herny, Erksine, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Guilford, Hofstra, Iona, Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone, Mars Hill, Montreat, Mt. Olive, North Greenville, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Presbyterian, Toccoa Falls, Tusculum, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, UMass, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia Intermont, Western Carolina, Wingate and Winston-Salem State.