Arkansas baseball shortstop Wehiwa Aloy earns national recognition for big week

Arkansas shortstop Wehiwa Aloy fields a ball during a game against LSU on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Fayetteville. (Charlie Kaijo/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas sophomore Wehiwa Aloy was named shortstop of the week by the Brooks Wallace Award on Tuesday. 

Aloy went 6 for 14 with 2 home runs, 4 walks, 5 RBI, 4 runs and 3 stolen bases during the Razorbacks’ games against Arkansas-Little Rock and LSU. He extended his hitting streak to nine games. 

Against UALR last Tuesday, Aloy hit a grand slam as part of a seven-run sixth inning that helped Arkansas to an 11-0 run-rule victory. He also hit a solo home run during the first inning of the Razorbacks’ 7-5 victory over LSU last Saturday. 

Aloy’s home run against LSU had an exit velocity of 112 mph. 

“The other teams are a little scared of him,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said Monday at the April Swatter’s Club meeting. “He swings hard, doesn’t he? He lets it fly.” 

UALR coach Chris Curry, a former Arkansas assistant, offered an evaluation of Aloy following his three-hit game against the Trojans. 

“His batting average is not great for a classic three-hole hitter,” Curry said of Aloy, whose average following the LSU series was .273. “But I would like to see his batting average on balls put in play. I would bet his batting average on balls put in play is very high. If he makes contact, he’s doing damage.”

Van Horn complimented Aloy’s defense Monday. Aloy is fielding .984 and has not committed an error since a March 2 game against Murray State. 

“He has one error on the year and shortstops don’t make one error in [26] games,” Van Horn said. “He’s done a great job. If he gets to it he usually makes a play.” 

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented each year by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation’s most outstanding shortstop.