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Tina Mayreis Smith

The achievements in the women's intercollegiate athletic program at The University of Akron in the 1980's was dominated by the softball team that was under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Joey Arrietta. One of the players who were very instrumental in the success of those teams was Tina Mayreis. She arrived on campus in 1981, after a three-year career at the tradition-rich Springfield High School program, and would go onto earn four letters and be voted a first team All-American catcher twice. During her career the Lady Zips were big winners, compiling records of 30-11 in 1982, 34-7-2 in '83, 48-6 in '84 and 51-10 in '85. Mayreis, who caught UA pitching greats Dani and Renee Vance, both previously inducted into this hall of fame, batted .319 her freshman and sophomore seasons. In 1984 Mayreis was voted a team captain and she responded by erupting for a team-leading batting average of .410, which ranked her 11th in the nation. It couldn't have come at a better time as UA earned its first berth into the NCAA II Softball Tournament where it captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional and ended with the Lady Zips losing to Cal State-Northridge, 1-0, in the national championship game in Sioux Falls, SD. Mayreis' performance earned her the team's co-MVP award and first team All-America honors. Again as a team captain she would end her college career by repeating those All-America honors in '85 as she batted .366, second behind Hall of Famer Kay Piper, and had a fielding percentage of .994, with only two errors in 323 chances, as the Zips again finished national runner-up at Northridge, losing 2-1 to the Matadors, in the NCAA II. In 1987, Mayreis was inducted into the Springfield High Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2003 | Softball