2006: Appeared in 17 games, drawing starts against Indiana Tech and Bradley ... struck out four at Western Illinois in four innings of work ... registered first career win at Bradley with 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball ... also defeated Chicago State ... finished the year with 21 strikeouts ... did not allow an earned run in four innings of work at Notre Dame.

2005: Made six appearances for the Crusaders as a freshman ... pitched five innings ... struck out two ... did not walk a hitter ... posted a 3.60 earned run average.

Prep: A two-year letterwinner for the Wildcats ... recipient of team’s Golden Glove award as a senior.

Personal: Derek is the son of Jerry and Marica Smith ... major is mechanical engineering ... born June 4, 1986.