Red Hawks' Smith signs with N.C. State baseball

Red Hawks' Smith signs with N.C. State baseball

HICKORY, N.C. — Catawba Valley Community College sophomore pitcher Julian Smith officially signed his National Letter of Intent with N.C. State baseball on Thursday.

Smith, a left-hander from Concord, N.C., becomes the first Red Hawk baseball player to sign with a four-year school in a Power Five conference in program history.

"It's truly an honor to be the first one here at CVCC to sign to play in a Power Five conference," Smith said. "I feel that this signing is a reflection of the coaching staff and the work that they've put in to get me here."

Smith initially committed to the Wolfpack on Oct. 4, but his signing was made official on Thursday.

During his freshman season in 2016, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Smith earned two wins in his seven starts. He also made one save in his nine total appearances on the mound, and he struck out 51 batters.

Smith sat out this past spring following Tommy John surgery, but he bounced back during this past fall season, showing an increase in the velocity of his pitches.

During his first start of the fall at Winston-Salem State on Sept. 29, Smith's fastball was clocked at 91-94 miles per hour on a radar gun.

This past week, Smith was voted by his teammates as one of four captains for the CVCC baseball team heading into its 2018 spring season.