Two Rams Baseball Stars
Make the Leap to the Majors
Former Rams outfielder Greg Smith (CBA ’06) and pitcher Javier Martinez, a Fordham junior, were drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals, respectively, in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. During his senior season at Fordham, Smith hit .376 (68-181) with 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs, 46 runs scored and a .696 slugging percentage, all team highs for the Rams this year. He was selected in the 14th round of the draft, and is playing for the Pirates’ New York-Penn League affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. Martinez, who was selected in the 42nd round by the Washington Nationals and is playing in the Alaskan Summer League, was a three-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week and co-MVP of the team in 2006. Smith and Martinez are the fourth and fifth Fordham baseball players to sign a professional contract in the past five seasons, joining Rob Semerano (2004), Bobby Kingsbury (2002) and Jason Conlisk (2002).
|Outfielder Greg Smith, left, and Pitcher Javier Martinez
Photos by Vincent Dusovic
Rams Summer Sports Roundup
Softball Nine members of the Fordham softball team received 2006 All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors, including outfielder Katie Davis (FCRH ’06), outfielder Krystle Henry, now a Fordham senior, and second baseman Gina Capardi, now a sophomore. The Rams posted a 37-23 record in 2006, advancing to the Atlantic 10 Softball Championship in Ambler, Pa., where they lost, 4-1, to the University of Massachusetts.
Basketball Former All-Atlantic 10 guard Jermaine Anderson (CBA ’06), who finished his Fordham career last winter with 1,178 points (17th on the Rams’ all-time scoring list), is playing for his hometown Toronto Raptors in a National Basketball Association-sanctioned summer league in Las Vegas.
Football Former Fordham star wide receiver Javarus Dudley (CBA ’04) capped a successful first season with the Arena Football League’s (AFL) Orlando Predators last May, when he was named to the 2006 AFL All-Rookie Team. He signed a two-year contract with the Predators in June.
Swimming For the second straight year, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads received academic honors, as both were named Academic All-America Teams by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America. The women’s team recorded a 3.26 team grade point average, while the men earned a 3.09 average, which ranked among the top 30 in the NCAA Division I.
Soccer Forward Haley Lentsch, a Fordham senior, and freshman defender/midfielder Lauren Bustos were named to the 2006 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference and All-Rookie Women’s Soccer teams, respectively, as voted upon by the league’s head coaches. This marks the fourth straight season that the Fordham women’s soccer team has a preseason All-Rookie Team selection, and the second time in three seasons that a Ram is on the preseason All-Conference team.
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