Two-time gold medalist Smith inducted to Hall of Fame

Sunday, July 16th 2006, 1:43 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Two-time Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith was inducted into the American Softball Association's Hall of Fame in between games at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.

Smith was presented yesterday with a plaque and a wooden Louisville Slugger bat engraved with her name and her designation as a member of the hall of fame.

The former Oklahoma State Cowgirl had a combined 2-and-2 record and a point-50 ERA in 41-and-two-thirds innings at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and the Sydney Games in 2000. The U S won gold at both.

The left-hander retired from the U.S. national team following its victory in the 2002 World Championships and did not play in the Athens Games in 2004.

At Oklahoma State, Smith set a school record for wins by compiling an 82-20 record while striking out 600. She also was a career .343 hitter with 15 home runs.