Shreveport, La. – The Arkansas Razorbacks had a pair of games rained out Tuesday at the Gent Classic, but received good news with a pair of national honors.The Razorbacks’ games against Louisiana Tech and Centenary were washed out and will now be played Wednesday, March 19. Arkansas will take on Centenary at noon and Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. with both games slated for nine innings.
After taking a 2-1 series win from the sixth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the Razorbacks were named the CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Team of the Week.
The Razorbacks began last week with a doubleheader sweep of Kansas State, then beat No. 17 Kansas 2-1 before heading to South Carolina. The Hogs dropped game one to the Gamecocks 7-2, before sweeping a doubleheader Sunday.
The Hogs are currently 16-2 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference.
In addition, senior Jarrett Gardner was named the National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) after his performance last week.
Gardner, a native of Moore, Okla., earned his first save of the season after pitching the ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 victory over Kansas. With the tying run at second base, Gardner forced one fly out and two strikeouts to end the game.
Against South Carolina, Gardner allowed one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over the Gamecocks in Columbia. Gardner improved to 3-0 on the season and has not allowed a walk in 29.2 innings of work in 2003.
Following Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Razorbacks will return to Baum Stadium to host the ninth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs in a battle of top 25 teams.
Arkansas is currently ranked in all four national polls, with the NCBWA giving the Hogs their highest ranking at 16th.