Nesbit wins SEC award as Diamond Hogs climb national poll

By: Matt Jones
Published: Monday, March 25, 2019
Arkansas third baseman Jacob Nesbit (5) greets second baseman Jack Kenley (7) after Kenley hit a home run during a game against Missouri on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas third baseman Jacob Nesbit (5) greets second baseman Jack Kenley (7) after Kenley hit a home run during a game against Missouri on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas third baseman Jacob Nesbit was named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week on Monday.

Nesbit went 8-for-19 with 7 RBI during five games last week at Texas and Alabama, and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Nesbit hit his first career home run late during the Razorbacks' 12-3 win over Alabama on Friday.

Batting primarily eighth in the batting order, Nesbit has reached base in 21 consecutive games. He leads the team with a .346 batting average.

Arkansas (20-4, 5-1 SEC) was 3-2 in last week's games. The Razorbacks split the two-game series against Texas and won the series at Alabama with a 10-2 victory in Sunday's rubber match.

The Razorbacks moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's USA Today coaches' poll, their second consecutive week to advance in the rankings. Texas dropped one spot to No. 16 after a 2-3 week in which it lost a weekend series at No. 20 TCU, and Alabama received three votes in this week's poll.

Arkansas is scheduled to finish its six-game road swing at Missouri State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Razorbacks return to Baum-Walker Stadium this weekend for a three-game series against No. 22 Ole Miss.

Other SEC teams ranked this week are: Mississippi State (2), Vanderbilt (5), Georgia (6), Texas A&M (11), Auburn (12), LSU (15), Tennessee (23) and Florida (24).

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