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Two Rams Baseball Stars
Make the Leap to the Majors

Outfielder Greg Smith, left, and Pitcher Javier Martinez
Photos by Vincent Dusovic
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).

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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