Hagen Smith named Freshman of the Week by the SEC

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Arkansas freshman Hagen Smith was honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday, by being named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

The freshman left hander pitched lights out in Friday’s 4-0 win over LSU, playing an instrumental role in Arkansas winning their fourth SEC series of the season in five opportunities.

In game two’s win, Smith tied his career-highs in innings pitched (7.0), hits allowed (2), strikeouts (7), and walks issued (1).

Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn says that Smith used more change-ups and worked on hitting targets against LSU, which was one of the many things that he did differently following a tough loss at Florida in his previous start.

“It didn’t go good for him last weekend in Florida. He took it personal,” said Van Horn following Arkansas’ win on Friday. “He worked extremely hard this week. He got with coach (Matt Hobbs) and they did a lot of talking. He had a great bullpen session. He’s on a mission. He really spotted it up and did a nice job.”

Smith has a 3.88 ERA and a 6-2 record through nine starts in a Razorback uniform, with 52 strikeouts in 48.2 IP.