FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior catcher Brady Toops and senior infielder Brett Hagedorn were named to the 2004 Verizon Academic All-District VI Team.It marks the second consecutive year Toops and Hagedorn have been named to the Verizon Academic All-District team.
“We are extremely proud of Brady and Brett for their commitment in the classroom,” Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn said. “They both take a great deal of pride in their grades and this is certainly a reflection of their hard work. They are two of our upperclassmen that we count on setting an example for the rest of our players, both on and off the field, and this is a much deserved recognition for their efforts.”
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Hagedorn is currently pursuing his master’s degree in accounting and carries a 3.80 grade point average. He is a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and earned a Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend UA.
Hagedorn is hitting .330 in 30 games this season and has driven in 17 runs including the game-tying run against Mississippi State in the top of the seventh inning in Sunday’s series finale.
A native of New London, Minn., Toops has never made a grade below an “A” in his collegiate career. He carries a 4.00 GPA in marketing management and was named to the 2003 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
On the field, Toops leads the SEC in runners thrown out and is tied for second in the league in runners picked off. He is a .300 career hitter and has started behind the plate in 45 of the Razorbacks’ 53 games this season.
Toops and Hagedorn have helped the Razorbacks to a 35-18 overall record and a 17-10 mark in SEC play. Arkansas is currently tied for first place overall in the SEC with the Georgia Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels and tied for first in the SEC Western Division with the Rebels.
Arkansas hosts the Auburn Tigers this weekend at Baum Stadium in the final series of the regular season. Game time for Friday is set for 7:05 p.m.