Auburn finished 31-28, 13-17 SEC
Simpson becomes the fourth Tiger to be drafted in the 2012 First Year Player Draft
Smith was selected in the 17th round by Detroit
Auburn is 31-28
Opening Round Loss
Went 2-2 with an 5.83 ERA in seven starts and 11 relief appearances, throwing 66 1/3 innings, allowing 50 runs (43 earned) on 87 hits and 22 walks with 38 strike outs ... 66 1/3 innings were second-most on the staff and the .266 batting average against was third-lowest of the starters ... Had a 6.37 ERA as a starter (41 IP, 29 ER) and a 4.97 ERA as a reliever (25 1/3 IP, 14 ER) ... Threw 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings in the 3-2 season-ending loss to Georgia in the SEC Tournament (5/26), entering with men on first and second and one out ... Retired the first two hitters he faced on fly outs to get out of the jam ... Hard-luck loser at Tennessee (5/21) despite going 8 1/3 innings and matching his career-high with eight strike outs ... Three of the four runs he allowed came in the final two innings ... Went a career-long 8 2/3 on Sunday against Alabama (5/15) but took the loss as he surrendered seven runs in the 7-6 loss ... Was in line for the win on Sunday against Georgia (5/8) as he threw six-plus innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out a season-high seven before the bullpen blew a six-run lead in the ninth ... Picked up his first win since opening day with seven innings of relief in the 9-7 come-from-behind, series-clinching win over Ole Miss (4/23) ... Entered in the third with Auburn down, 5-2, and kept Auburn in the game, which it would win 9-7 ... Allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, striking out a season-high four ... The seven innings matched a career-long ... Threw three shutout innings at #21 LSU (4/17), entering with a man on and none out in the sixth and not allowing a run to score ... Allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two in the outing, marking the first appearance all year he did not allow a run ... Allowed eight runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings of relief work at Mississippi State (3/26) ... Moved to the bullpen for the Arkansas series and threw 2 2/3 innings on Friday (3/18), allowing a run on two hits without a walk and striking out three ... Had his shortest start of the year against #7 Arizona State (3/12), leaving in the fourth inning with Auburn ahead, 4-3, after allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk ... Worked into the fifth against Western Kentucky (3/5) before leaving with Auburn ahead, 8-3, and the bases loaded and one out ... All three runners would come around to score off the bullpen as Western Kentucky tied the game at 8-8 in the inning before Auburn won, 13-8 ... Took a no decision against Radford (2/25) ... Worked into the fifth before leaving with runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth and Auburn ahead, 5-3 ... Selected as the Opening Day starter against Arkansas State (2/18) ... Earned the win, lasting into the sixth inning and leaving with Auburn ahead, 6-2.
2010 - FRESHMAN YEAR
Went 4-0 with a 4.65 ERA in 18 appearances (six starts), tossing a total of 60 innings ... Went 1-0 with a 7.08 ERA as a starter in 20 1/3 innings ... Went 3-0 with a 3.40 ERA in 12 relief appearances ... Threw 39 2/3 innings in relief, allowing 20 runs (15 earned) on 47 hits and just seven walks, striking out 22 ... Allowed just four of 12 inherited runners to score (33 percent) ... Started the second game against Clemson (6/6) in the NCAA Regional, working into the fifth before leaving with Auburn up, 5-4 ... Was charged for five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks, striking out two ... Earned the win in the NCAA Regional opener vs. Jacksonville State (6/4), entering in the fifth and throwing into the eighth ... Was charged for two runs (one earned) on five hits in 2 1/3 innings ... Entered in the fourth for an ineffective Cole Nelson in the SEC Tournament loss to Ole Miss (5/28) ... Was charged for three unearned runs in 3 1/3 inning as Auburn committed four errors behind him that led to three unearned runs ... Picked up the win in the 18-4 SEC West Division-clinching win at No. 17 Ole Miss (5/21) ... Entered with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth ... Allowed a sacrifice fly to the first hitter he faced but did not allow any other runners to score, striking out five, the most of any of his relief appearances ... Threw two scoreless innings in a designated start against Jacksonville State (5/18) ... Threw two relief innings at South Alabama (5/11) ... Allowed his two inherited runners to score but only allowed one hit in his scoreless outing ... Lasted just one-plus inning in his start against Mississippi State (5/8), leaving with Auburn behind, 7-0, before Auburn won, 16-14 ... Earned his first SEC win in a relief role at No. 7 Arkansas (5/1) ... Entered in the second with Auburn trailing 3-0 and threw the next 5 2/3 before leaving with Auburn up, 8-5 ... Would be charged with three runs on six hits and a walk with two strike outs as Auburn won 8-7 ... Began the resumed Game 2 (4/24) of the Kentucky series with the bases loaded and one out in the first ... Induced an inning-ending double play and went on to pitch the next 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits ... Allowed two hits in an otherwise perfect two innings against Troy (4/20) ... Went a career-long seven full innings in relief of Cole Nelson on Friday night against LSU (4/9) ... Entered with Auburn already down 6-0 and allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out three while throwing a career-high 111 pitches ... Earned a hold in the 6-2 win over South Alabama (4/7) ... Allowed a run on four hits in two innings ... Started the Capital City Classic (3/24) and went 3 2/3 before giving way to MVP Michael Hurst ... Had allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while matching his career high with six strike outs ... Made his first career start against Alabama A&M (3/17), allowing just one hit and one walk in six innings ... Did not allow a hit until there was one out in the top of the fifth ... Retired 11 straight after allowing a two-out walk in the first ... Retired the first hitter he faced in his Auburn debut (2/27 vs. Missouri - 8th inning) ... Surrendered two hits but struck out three in the outing.
Played for Johnny Johnson at Fort Payne ... Rated 308th nationally by PGCrosschecker.com after his junior season ... 2008 First Team All-State, All-Area 14 Pitcher of the Year and DeKalb County Pitcher of the Year ... Was 8-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 59 IP with 99 K and 13 BB, throwing 4 shutouts as a junior ... Also hit .362 with 9 HR, 29 RBI and 10 SB ... 2007 All-County selection ... Also played football and was the starting quarterback, being named 2007 All-State, All-County Offensive Player of the Year and All-Region, leading the team to a 21-1 mark from 2006-07.
William Slade Smith ... Born on Sept. 26, 1990 ... Son of Ted and Evelyn Smith and Kris and Barry Moore ... Has seven siblings: Ty (32), Jared (30), Stephen (27), Boston (10) and Luke Smith (9) and Kathryn (29) and Jourdan Moore (28) ... Father (Ted Smith) played quarterback at Auburn from 1969-72 ... Majoring in journalism.