4 Diamond Hogs make All-America preseason team

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad runs the bases during an exhibition game against Wichita State on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad runs the bases during an exhibition game against Wichita State on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Fayetteville.

— Four Arkansas baseball players were named to Perfect Game's All-America teams on Tuesday.

Sophomore outfielder Heston Kjerstad was on the organizations's first team, junior left-handed relief pitcher Matt Cronin and sophomore middle infielder Casey Martin were named to the second team, and junior outfielder Dominic Fletcher was a third team selection. Arkansas and reigning national champion Oregon State led all teams with four selections apiece.

Martin and Kjerstad were Freshman All-Americans a year ago when they led the Razorbacks with .345 and .332 batting averages, respectively. Kjerstad was tied for the team lead with 14 home runs and had a team-high 58 RBI. Martin hit 13 home runs and had 49 RBI.

Cronin set Arkansas' single-season saves record with 14 last season. Fletcher is a two-year starter in center field and was named to the SEC's all-defensive team a year ago.

The Razorbacks are scheduled to open the 2019 season with a three-game series against Eastern Illinois beginning Feb. 15 at Baum Stadium.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Matt Cronin had 18 saves in 2018. That has been changed to reflect the accurate number of 14.

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