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 says his Razorback playing career is finished
Arkansas third baseman Jacob Nesbit is shown during a game against Gonzaga on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Infielder Jacob Nesbit won't return to Arkansas' baseball team.
Nesbit, who has eligibility remaining, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will spend the next year as a graduate assistant in the Razorbacks' athletics department.
Nesbit thanked the baseball program "for a great 4 years, memories I’ll never forget and most importantly relationships I’ll cherish forever."
Nesbit was Arkansas' everyday third baseman as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and 2020, but relinquished the starting job this year after an early-season position battle with Cullen Smith. Nesbit started 19 games this year, but was often a late game defensive replacement and played in 43 games.
He struggled offensively and finished the year batting .205. He hit two home runs and had 14 RBI.
In 2019, Nesbit batted .255 with 10 doubles, 3 home runs and 42 RBI. He had a career-high 6 RBI during a game against Tennessee that season.
He was batting .259 with 5 doubles, 1 home run and 9 RBI when the 2020 season was suspended after 16 games.
Nesbit played in 118 games and started 96 times during his college career.
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