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Texarkana freshman commits to Arkansas baseball
Pleasant Grove freshman Hunter Rose announced his commitment Wednesday, April 19, 2023, to play for the University of Arkansas. (Submitted photo)
Freshman left-handed pitcher and outfielder Hunter Rose has committed to Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn.
Rose,6-1, 160 pounds, of Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, is the third member of the 15-under Arkansas Sticks program to pledge to the Razorbacks in the 2026 class.
After leading the Hawks to a 3-0 win at Pittsburg on April 8, coach Riley Fincher praised Rose for striking out 8 and allowing 3 hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
“It was a real good game and I can’t say enough about Hunter Rose,” Fincher told Fox Sports Texarkana. “He came out and controlled the strike zone all game. We scratched a couple runs early.
“Then I thought we played real good in the field behind Hunter.”
The Hawks also have Brenton Clark, a 2024 prospect, and Spencer Browning, a 2026 prospect, committed to the Hogs.
Sticks coach Chase Brewster said Arkansas is the perfect situation for Rose.
"Hunter always wanted to be a Razorback and Arkansas wanted him to be a two-way player, so I think both are very happy with this commitment,” Brewster said. "Hunter got a Pac-12 offer earlier in the year, and that kind of started his recruitment. He went to the Razorback camp the next week and played well, and has just continued to play well every game since then.
"Anytime a freshman is hitting over .400 with 15 extra base hits this late in the season, you know they’re performing at a high level. He’s talked with Coach (Nate) Thompson about hitting, and Coach (Matt) Hobbs about pitching. They really like him for both.”
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