Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
Diamond Hogs name captains
Tyler Spoon led Arkansas in hits and RBIs as a freshman.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn announced on Monday the team’s captains for 2014 will be senior catcher Jake Wise, sophomore outfielder Tyler Spoon and junior pitcher Jalen Beeks.
Wise, a captain for the second consecutive season, hit .212 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI last season while throwing out 38.5 percent of potential base stealers. The Houston native had a .991 fielding percentage in 2013.
Spoon earned freshman All-America honors last year while batting .288 with 4 home runs and a team-high 49 RBI. The Van Buren native, the only Razorback to start all 61 games, made one error, had six assists and 17 multi-hit games.
Beeks, of Prairie Grove, led Arkansas’ NCAA-best pitching staff with 29 appearances. He had a 6-2 record, a 2.20 ERA and 2 saves. Beeks had a 3-1 record, 1.83 ERA and a .156 opponent batting average in SEC games.
Arkansas, coming off a 39-22 season, opens preseason practice on Jan. 24 and debuts on Feb. 14 against Appalachian State.