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.
Report: Top Ole Miss slugger to miss Arkansas series
Ole Miss first baseman Tim Elko (25) runs to first during an NCAA baseball game against Auburn on Sunday, March 21, 2021 in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FAYETTEVILLE — Ole Miss will reportedly be without one of its star players when Arkansas comes to town for a three-game series that is scheduled to begin Friday.
First baseman Tim Elko tore his ACL during the Rebels’ game against North Alabama on Monday, according to the Clarion Ledger newspaper. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco announced the news on his pregame radio show, according to the newspaper, but did not rule out Elko playing later this season before he undergoes surgery.
Elko is batting .340 with 9 home runs, 7 doubles and an SEC-leading 36 RBI this season. He was named the national hitter of the month for March by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
In 17 games in March, Elko batted .424, had 9 multi-hit games, and had 4 games with at least 4 RBI.
The No. 2 Razorbacks (23-4) and No. 3 Rebels (23-6) enter their weekend series tied atop the SEC West standings with conference records of 7-2.
Their series opener is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.
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