Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy.
Nesbit wins SEC award as Diamond Hogs climb national poll
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.
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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