FAYETTEVILLE – Freshman Zack Cox of the No. 16 University of Arkansas baseball team was named a “Louisville Slugger” Freshman All-American this week as chosen by Collegiate Baseball.
Cox was selected as one of four multiple position players for his dual role as a third baseman and relief pitcher. He is the 13th Razorback to ever be named a Freshman All-American and the fifth in the last four years. The Louisville, Ky., native had a solid regular season but has started to heat up in the postseason as he has been named to both the SEC All-Tournament Team and the NCAA Norman Regional All-Tournament Team.
Since Arkansas began its post-season run, Cox is batting .310 (9-29) with eight runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI. His power surge at the plate has helped change the look of several games and the four long balls each came during an Arkansas win and give him 11 on the season which matches Arkansas’ freshman record for home runs set by Brian Kirby during the 1998 season.
On the year Cox has made 43 starts and leads Arkansas’ freshmen in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks. On the mound he is 5-1 on the year with a 3.50 ERA and 15 strike outs over 18 innings of work.
The Razorbacks begin their next phase of the 2009 postseason on Friday when they face No. 5 Florida State in one of eight Super Regional competitions in Tallahassee, Fla., beginning at 11 a.m. central. The series with Florida State can be viewed across the nation on ESPN or ESPN2. Friday’s game is set for ESPN at 11 a.m. central with Saturday scheduled for another 11 a.m. start on ESPN2. If Arkansas and Florida State have to play a third game on Sunday, that contest would start at 11 a.m. and air on ESPN.
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