BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas sophomore pitcher DJ Baxendale was recognized for his work off the baseball field on Monday, being named to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team.
A member of the Arkansas Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Baxendale has been actively involved in community service efforts with the baseball team. Baxendale has volunteered his time with community service projects such as the Sweat Hogs program, the Book Hogs Read to Win program and the SEC Together We Can food drive. Baxendale has also volunteered time with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
On the field, Baxendale has been the ace of the Arkansas pitching staff in 2011. The Jacksonville, Ark., native has pitched in 17 games, including 10 starts, and has an 8-2 record with three saves and a 1.62 ERA. Baxendale, who picked up wins against SEC Co-Champions Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, has allowed just 17 runs, 13 earned, with 67 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched. Opposing batters have hit just .227 against the sophomore right hander.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts.