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Richmond infielder transferring to Razorbacks
Richmond infielder Jared Sprague-Lott (12) during an NCAA baseball game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
FAYETTEVILLE — Richmond infielder Jared Sprague-Lott will transfer to Arkansas for his senior baseball season.
Sprague-Lott, 6-1 and 190 pounds, batted .314 in the lead-off role and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 44 walks as a junior for the Spiders (27-28). He finished the season with 13 home runs, 13 doubles and 43 RBI — all career highs — and was named second-team all-conference.
"I don’t even know where to begin—Richmond will always have a special place in my heart," he wrote on Instagram. "The bonds & friendships I created were bigger than baseball. I want to thank the university, coaches, and teammates for believing in me and pushing me everyday.
"With that being said, I’m blessed to announce my commitment to the University of Arkansas to further my baseball and academic career."
The Philadelphia native had a .582 slugging percentage and .440 on-base percentage for an OPS of 1.022. In his only series against an SEC team, Sprague-Lott had four hits over three games against Alabama, including a home run in the season opener on the Crimson Tide’s home field.
Sprague-Lott began the season as the Spiders’ third baseman, but transitioned to second base beginning with a March 18 doubleheader against Siena. He started 34 games at second base, 18 at third base and 1 game at shortstop, and fielded .920.
On July 5, Sprague-Lott went 2 for 2 with a triple and scored twice while playing third base during the Draft League Prospect Game in Trenton, N.J. He was not selected during July's MLB Draft.
He led the Atlantic 10 with a .413 batting average while playing 26 games as a freshman in 2021. He has a career batting average of .315 and career OPS of .950.
In 2014, Sprague-Lott played in the Little League World Series.
Sprague-Lott is among nine Division I transfers who are expected to go through fall baseball at Arkansas this year. Other transfers include Missouri outfielders Ty Wilmsmeyer and Ross Lovich, catcher Hudson White and left-handed pitcher Mason Molina of Texas Tech, Kansas left-hander Stone Hewlett, Sacramento State shortstop Wehiwa Aloy, Tarleton State infielder Jack Wagner and Eastern Illinois outfielder Lincoln Riley.
CORRECTION: Stone Hewlett's pitching arm was previously listed incorrectly.
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