Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Eibner gets 9 RBIs in win
Northwest Arkansas center fielder Brett Eibner heads to first after drawing a walk Sunday, June 2, 2013, during the second inning of play against San Antonio at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas standout Brett Eibner turned heads Wednesday with a career-best game for triple-A Omaha.
The outfielder went 5-for-5 with 2 home runs and recorded 9 RBIs in a 20-3 win over Memphis. It was only Eibner's seventh career game at the level after spending last season with the double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
"It was just one of those days where I felt locked in," Eibner told MiLB.com. "It seemed like I got every pitch I was looking for."
Eibner hit a pair of three-run home runs and added a three-run double in the seventh inning. He also drew a walk in the game and was denied an opportunity for a sixth hit when he was left on deck in the team's final at-bat.
The 9 RBIs are a record at Omaha's home Werner Park.
Eibner's big game came at the right time after beginning the season 4-for-17 at the plate. He is now batting .409 this season and leads the team in home runs (3), RBIs (10) and runs scored (7).
The former outfielder/pitcher at Arkansas has progressed steadily through the minor leagues. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft.