Griffan Smith


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 215
  • B/T L/L
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Last School Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Career Highlights

  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2019)
  • Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (April 22, 2019)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019, 2020, 2021)

2021 (Senior)

  • Named a team captain for the 2021 season
  • Appeared in 10 games and made 1 start in his senior season
  • Finished with a 5.79 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched, striking out 16
  • Pitched 1 inning of perfect baseball in the 6-4 win over Nebraska on March 14, striking out 2
  • Gave up only 1 hit and struck out 3 across 3.1 innings of work in the 5-2 win over Indiana in the second game of their doubleheader on April 3
  • In the Penn State series at home, Smith pitched perfect innings in the games on April 23 and April 25
  • Struck out 2 and walked 1 over 3.1 scoreless innings in the loss to Michigan State on May 15

2020 (Junior)

  • 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched over four starts
  • Allowed one earned run while striking out four in three innings vs. Indiana State (2/16)
  • Fanned five and allowed one earned run in six innings at Lipscomb (3/1)
  • Tossed 5.2 shutout frames, striking out five against Fairfield (3/8)

2019 (Sophomore)

  • 7-5 with one save in 19 appearances and 17 starts
  • 4.66 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 41 walks in 96.2 innings of work
  • Claimed first career save on Opening Day vs. Seton Hall (2/15)
  • Earned first win of the year in a start at FGCU, throwing five innings with seven strikeouts on one hit (2/18)
  • Picked up the win vs. Oral Roberts, throwing five innings on three hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts (2/24)
  • Recorded a no decision in Big Ten season debut at Rutgers, throwing five innings on two runs, five hits, two walks and five strikeouts (3/30)
  • Worked six innings on six hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts in a no decision vs. Northwestern (4/7)
  • Fanned seven in five innings in the loss vs. No. 24 Michigan (4/13)
  • Earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after throwing first career complete game with a career-high 10 strikeouts on four hits, one run and two walks at Maryland (4/21)
  • Claimed the win in series finale vs. Iowa, striking out six on three hits and one run in six innings of work (4/28)
  • Received the tough-luck loss at Minnesota, throwing eight innings on five hits, three runs, three earned, one walk and eight strikeouts (5/5)
  • Went 2-0 with a combined 1.42 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings pitched in two starts during the team’s B1G tournament title run in Omaha (5/22-26)
  • Went 7.0 innings on five hits, two runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts in win over Maryland in B1G Tournament (5/23)
  • Got the start against Nebraska in the B1G tournament title game in front of more than 17,000 fans at TD Ameritrade Park and limited the Husker bats to one run (unearned) on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 5.2 innings (5/26)
  • Started in the NCAA Regional game vs. Indiana State and and struck out seven in 5.1 innings (6/2)

2018 (Freshman)

  • 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA in 25 appearances, including two starts
  • Struck out 21 batters in 32.0 innings
  • Threw two bagels in relief work in collegiate debut against Canisius (2/16)
  • Fanned two in 1.1 shutout innings of relief work vs. No. 15 Southern Miss (3/3)
  • Received first collegiate win in first career start, throwing 3.2 innings and scattered six hits on two runs, one earned, with two strikeouts and one walk at UNCW (3/13)
  • Struck out one in one scoreless inning vs. Georgetown (3/24)
  • Retired two hitters to leave two on base in the seventh to leave two on base in B1G debut in win over Nebraska (3/31)
  • Struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief at Iowa (4/8)
  • Claimed the win over No. 8 Indiana, throwing 1.2 innings and didn’t allow a run with one hit and one strikeout (4/21)
  • Tossed three scoreless innings of relief with one walk and three strikeouts and two hits vs. Purdue (5/12)
  • Threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with one walk at Michigan State (5/18)


  • Four-year letterwinner at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
  • Led the Eagles to the state semifinals in 2017
  • Threw a perfect game in the first round of the playoffs, striking out 13 batters
  • First team all-city selection
  • Selected to East/West All-Star Game
  • Guided team to the MVC title in 2016
  • Also lettered two years in football as a linebacker


  • Son of Joyce and Alan Smith
  • Has three siblings, Jordan, Ian and Ryan
  • Logistics major
  • Would like to play professional baseball after graduation or find a job in chemical engineering field
  • Lists greatest sports thrill during senior year the night before his first playoff game, he visited his dad in the hospital who is fighting cancer and told him he would throw a perfect game and the next day he did just that, striking out 13 hitters in five innings in the playoffs