FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior first baseman/outfielder Aaron Murphree was named the National Player of the Week on Monday by Collegiate Baseball. Murphree produced one of the most impressive offensive weeks in school history with eight home runs in five games and a .524 batting average (11 for 24) with 15 RBI and 13 runs scored. Murphree was also named the SEC Player of the Week.
The Weatherford, Texas, native has homered in a school-record six-straight games, including multiple home run games against South Dakota State (2 HR) and Siena (3 HR). Murphree also slugged 1.667 for the week with a .660 on-base percentage.
Murphree hit .667 (6 for 9) with seven RBI and three home runs in a doubleheader with South Dakota State on Wednesday. Against Siena, he connected for five home runs in three games, including three on March 7 when he also drove in four runs and scored four runs. On the season, Murphree posts a .447 batting average and has 12 home runs, which is halfway to Arkansas’ single-season record of 24 set by Ryan Lundquist in 1997.
Arkansas (11-1) posted a perfect 5-0 record this week at Baum Stadium with a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State on March 5 and a series sweep of Siena over the weekend. The Diamond Hogs jumped seven spots to No. 21 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll.
Riding a season-best six game win streak, Arkansas will travel to top-ranked Arizona State for a two-game midweek series starting Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.