FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman infielder Casey Martin was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after his huge weekend at the plate that helped the Razorbacks sweep the two-game series against Dayton and then take a crucial weekend series against USC.
Martin started in all five games last week against the Flyers and Trojans at either second base or third base. The Lonoke, Arkansas native led all Razorback hitters with a .444 average over the five-game span and slugged .474. For the year, his .414 average is currently ninth best in the Southeastern Conference and his .793 slugging percentage is sixth best. Among freshmen in the league, his average is the third highest and his slugging is the best.
He now has a hit in five-straight games, which is the second-longest streak on the team and has multi-RBI performances in four of his 11 games played.
Martin had a big game to open the week against Dayton when he went 2-for-5 with two three-run home runs in the 18-1 victory. He was the first Razorback since Chad Spanberger in last year’s SEC Tournament to homer twice in the same game and drive in six or more runs. Martin currently is tied for the team lead with three home runs and has 12 RBIs.
The next day against the Flyers, he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while also swiping two bases, becoming the first Hog to achieve that feat in the last two seasons.
Against USC, Martin was 4-for-10 (.400) with a double and a walk, making the start at third base all weekend. His 2-for-4 day on Sunday was important for the Hogs as his second inning double led to the game’s first run. His lead-off single in the sixth started a four-run comeback inning that eventually led to the 7-6 victory.
Martin and the Razorbacks won’t play again until next weekend when they take on the Kent State Golden Flashes for a three-game series starting on Friday at 3 p.m. Game two will be on Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be televised on SEC Network+.
For more information on Razorback Baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.