Arkansas Baseball Names 2004 Team Captains
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With the start of the 2004 baseball season a little more than a month away, the Arkansas Razorbacks announced their permanent team captains this week.
Junior catcher Brady Toops, senior infielder Brett Hagedorn and sophomore pitcher Charley Boyce were voted captains by their teammates for the upcoming season.
“I think our players selected three very good choices,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “Those three, along with several other returning players, really stepped things up during fall practice and their hard work is rewarded by being named team captains.”
Toops, a native of New London, Minn., hit .304 with 24 RBI, eight doubles and four home runs last season. Toops will see action behind the plate in 2004 with spot duty in the outfield a possibility.
As one of the Hogs’ weekend starters last season, Boyce posted a 6-5 record on the mound with a 3.48 ERA. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native also had 59 strikeouts in 93.1 innings pitched.
A utility player who logged time at second, third and short in 2003, Hagedorn will again help solidify the Hogs’ infield in 2004.
“Brett is a steady ball player who gives us some options at different positions,” Van Horn said. “He’s bigger and stronger than he was last year and hit the ball hard during fall practice.”
The Razorbacks open the 2004 season Friday, Feb. 13, when they host Louisiana Tech in a three-game series at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas will play their first eighth games of the season at newly renovated Baum Stadium. Natural grass has replaced the artificial surface at the stadium and additional luxury boxes and permanent coaches offices will line the upper level along the first and third base lines.
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