Birmingham, AL (UofA) – Following last weekend’s offensive explosion that saw the Arkansas baseball team score post 39 runs in the series against Kentucky, junior Jax Biggers was named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week, while freshman Casey Martin took the league’s Freshman of the Week honors. The pair led the Razorbacks to a 5-0 record on the week against the Longhorns and Wildcats, while the team tallied its most runs scored in an SEC series since 1997.
Jax Biggers | Player of the Week
Biggers had a breakout week, hitting .588 with two doubles, two home runs, and seven RBIs out of the leadoff spot in five games against Texas and No. 4 Kentucky. His two home runs, one in each game of the doubleheader with Kentucky on Saturday, helped the Razorbacks complete the sweep of the Wildcats for the first time since 2004.
In the Kentucky series alone, Biggers totaled three multi-hit games, including one three-hit game and one four hit performance. He’s one of three Hogs with a four hit game this year and is second on the team with seven multi-hit performances this season. In the doubleheader against the Wildcats, the Missouri City, Texas native went 7-for-9 (.778) with two long balls and six RBIs.
On the week, Biggers led the team in walks with eight, giving him a team-best 18 on the year. He has started 19 of 20 games this season at shortstop and is hitting .368 with 11 RBIs, all out of the leadoff position. Six of his 11 RBIs this season came on Saturday.
Casey Martin | Freshman of the Week
Martin continued his stellar start to his freshman campaign, hitting .350 last week with three home runs and seven RBIs combined against Texas and Kentucky. Following the first week of conference play, he continues to lead the team with a .393 average with seven home runs and 22 RBIs.
Martin is riding a team-best 13-game hitting streak dating back to the Feb. 28 game against Dayton. During the streak, he has hit an even .400 with 20 hits, 17 RBIs, six home runs while scoring 16 runs. The Lonoke, Arkansas native went 3-of-7 with five RBIs during the midweek series against Texas that saw him hit a home run in each game. Martin has hit one home run in four of the last six games and is currently leading all freshmen with seven home runs on the year.
The honor is the second of the season for Martin. He was first named conference Freshman of the Week March 5 following his offensive outburst against Dayton and USC.
Arkansas hits the road for a nine-game stretch starting with two midweek games at Charlotte (March 20-21). Game one of the series with the 49ers will be played at BB&T Park, the home of the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. It will be televised on BeIN TV.
The second game of the series will be played on the campus of UNC-Charlotte at Phillips Field in Hayes Stadium. First pitch will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and televised by Cox Sports Television.