Arkansas’s star player Names FAYETTEVILLE D1Baseball of All-American award.

Arkansas’s star player Names FAYETTEVILLE D1Baseball of All-American award.

Arkansas Razorbacks Left-handed Pitcher Hagen Smith Bounces Back With  Strong Outing Against Southeastern Louisiana Lions

Arkansas’s FAYETTEVILLE D1Baseball has named Arkansas’s Hagen Smith an All-American, giving him his fifth first-team All-America selection of the playoffs.

In addition to being named a finalist for the coveted Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, Smith was named the National Pitcher of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings, College Baseball Foundation, and Perfect Game. This postseason, Smith has also received first-team All-America recognition from ABCA/Rawlings, Baseball America, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and Perfect Game.

The junior left-hander for the Razorbacks, who is in elite company with program greats like Nick Schmidt, David Walling, Phillip Stidham, Jeff King, and Kevin McReynolds, is the sixth two-time All-American in school history.

With a 9-2 record, 2.04 ERA, and 161 strikeouts in 84.0 innings across 16 starts, Smith concluded the 2024 season as the top pitcher in all of college baseball. Smith set a national record with 17.25 strikeouts per nine innings this season and finished first in hits allowed per nine innings (4.4), second in strikeouts (161), fourth in ERA (2.04), and seventh in WHIP (0.89). Smith was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 7-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 60.0 innings over 10 SEC starts.

In his historic 2024 campaign, the native of Bullard, Texas, became the program’s all-time career strikeout king and single-season strikeout leader. He also recorded a program-record 11 double-digit strikeout games and a team-leading 11 quality starts. Smith surpassed Walling’s single-season strikeout record of 155 set in 1999 to take the top spot on the program’s single-season strikeout leaderboard (161). Smith also increased his career strikeout total to 360, overtaking Schmidt (345) for sole control of Arkansas’ career strikeout mark.

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In the Kubota College Baseball Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on February 23, Smith tied the record for most strikeouts in a single game in Arkansas history with his 17-strikeout masterpiece on 78 pitches over six shutout innings. It was one of the best pitching efforts in program history. Smith, using 40 less pitches than Razorback great Jess Todd did on May 24, 2007, in the SEC Tournament, tied Todd’s single-game strikeout record of 17.

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