Arkansas Baseball Ranked No. 13 In Preseason

Casey Martin

The Arkansas baseball team earned the No. 13 spot in the Perfect Game Preseason Poll released earlier today. Although that’s not as high as in years past, the Hogs are still an extremely dangerous squad. They join seven other SEC teams in the top 25. Arkansas will play five of them during the season.

The Arkansas baseball program, coming off its first national runner-up finish since 1979, again begins its season as one of the best in the nation. Of the five SEC teams that are ranked and will face the Razorbacks this year, three will be coming to Fayetteville including: No. 10 Ole Miss (March 29-31), No. 17 Mississippi State (April 18-20) and No. 1 LSU (May 9-11).

Arkansas will also go on the road to face No. 3 Vanderbilt (April 12-14) and No. 15 Auburn (April 4-6). 

Entering his 17th season at the helm, Arkansas baseball manager Dave Van Horn returns 14 letterwinners from 2018. He’s grinding to take things to a new level of success after the Hogs came so close going deep into the College World Series last summer. That was the ninth time in school history.

On offense, the Hogs pack plenty of dynamite. They return a star-studded lineup including two of the top freshman hitters in the nation from a year ago. Heston Kjerstad, the 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year, returns for his sophomore season. He hit .332 while setting the Arkansas baseball freshman record with 87 hits, 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

Then there’s infielder Casey Martin, the pride of Lonoke, Arkansas. Martin has already notched two preseason All-American honors and strives to improve on his team-leading .345 batting average. That led all SEC freshmen. Martin was especially baller in the College World Series, where he hit .357. Ten of his 19 NCAA Tournament hits came in Omaha.

Arkansas is scheduled to open the 2019 season against Eastern Illinois on Friday, Feb. 15 with first pitch at 3 p.m. at Baum Stadium. Season tickets, mini-plan, and group tickets are now on sale through the Razorback Ticket Office

2019 Perfect Game College Baseball Preseason Poll (D1)

RankTeam (2018 Final Record)2018 Finish
1LSU (39-27)Corvallis Regional
2Oregon State (55-12-1)College World Series Champions
3Vanderbilt (35-27)Nashville Super Regional
4UCLA (38-21)Minneapolis Regional
5Texas Tech (45-20)College World Series
6North Carolina (44-20)College World Series
7Stanford (46-12)Stanford Regional
8Louisville (45-19)Lubbock Regional
9Florida (49-21)College World Series
10Ole Miss (48-17)Oxford Regional
11East Carolina (44-18)Greenville Regional
12Baylor (37-21)Stanford Regional
13Arkansas (48-21)College World Series Runner-Up
14Florida State (43-19)Tallahassee Regional
15Auburn (43-23)Gainesville Super Regional
16TCU (33-23)Did not make postseason
17Mississippi St. (39-29)College World Series
18Oklahoma State (31-26-1)Deland Regional
19Michigan (33-21)Did not make postseason
20UConn (37-22-1)Conway Regional
21NC State (42-18)Raleigh Regional
22Georgia (39-21)Athens Regional
23UC Irvine (32-24)Did not make postseason
24Clemson (47-16)Clemson Regional
25Coastal Carolina (43-19)Conway Regional

If you can’t wait for Arkansas baseball, take a walk down memory lane with this sweet hype video:

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