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2004 Preseason Baseball Honors Announced

BY ANDRES FOCIL
2004 Preseason Baseball Honors Announced

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A trio of Razorbacks were named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference baseball team by SEBaseball.com with two more earning honorable mention accolades.
Junior infielder Clay Goodwin was named to the All-SEC Second Team, while junior catcher Brady Toops and sophomore pitcher Charley Boyce were named to the All-SEC Third Team.
“I think it is a very deserving honor after their performances last year,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “Clay was our most consistent hitter last season, while Brady had a tremendous year offensively. Brady faded just a bit because he caught so many games, but we should be able to rest him more this year and we are looking for him to continue his progress.
“Charley Boyce threw well as a freshman last season. He gave us a chance to win every time he went out there. He will be one of our main guys again this season. We are all very happy they have gotten some recognition for their hard work and we expect them to keep that going this season.”
As a sophomore in 2003, Goodwin hit .332 with 31 RBI, 13 doubles, three triples and two home runs. The Benton, Ark., native also hit .295 in SEC games and finished fourth in fielding percentage for third basemen in the league with a .933 mark.
Toops started 41 games behind the plate in 2003 and finished the season with a .304 average with 24 RBI, eight doubles and four home runs. Toops had game-winning hits against Kansas State (walk-off home run in the 10th inning) and Ole Miss (three-run double in the ninth) and a game-tying home run against Kentucky. The New London, Minn., native also threw out 11 base runners last season.
In his first season on the mound for Arkansas, Boyce posted a 6-5 record with a 3.48 ERA. Boyce also had 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 93.0 innings of work in 2003. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native picked up wins against Georgia, Kansas State and Ole Miss last season.
Senior pitcher Jay Sawatski and senior infielder Haas Pratt were named honorable mention following strong seasons a year ago.
Sawatski began the season in the bullpen, but ended the season as the Razorbacks’ Saturday starter in league games. Sawatski posted a 3-3 record with three saves and 3.44 ERA in 2003.
Pratt, who started 50 games at first base, hit .310 with 48 RBI, 15 doubles and 10 home runs in his first season with Hogs after transferring from the University of Miami (Fla.). The San Diego, Calif., native was named to the NCAA Austin All-Regional team after hitting .428 with three RBI and three runs scored.
In addition, Razorback freshman Blake Parker was named as one of the SEC’s 12 Newcomers to Watch in 2003, while junior shortstop Scott Hode was named as one of the league’s Improved Players to Watch.
Arkansas opens the 2004 season Friday, Feb. 13, against Louisiana Tech. First pitch in the three-game series is slated for 2:05 p.m.




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