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Michael Bernal
Michael Bernal

#3 Michael Bernal

Infielder | Redshirt Senior | 5-11 | 190 | El Paso, Tex. / New Mexico JC

2016 (R-Senior)
>>> 2016 Houston Shriners College Classic MVP
>>> SEC Co-Player of the Week (March 1, 2016)
>>> Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (March 1, 2016)

Was the everyday shortstop for the Hogs in 2016, playing in and starting 55 games and batting .274 with a team-leading eight home runs and 37 RBI…Compiled a .955 fielding percentage during the year with one of the strongest infield arms in the SEC…Finished with the third-highest batting average in conference play on the team, batting .282 against SEC opponents, including half of his home run total and 17 of his RBI…Set or tied single-game career highs in runs, home runs, RBI and walks during the year…Tied career-high three runs against Missouri (4/1), part of a perfect 3-for-3 game with one RBI and one walk…Also went 3-for-3 against Florida (4/16) and Mississippi State (5/21), tying season-high in hits…Posted two multi-home run games, first coming against Houston (2/27) in the Houston College Classic, second in SEC home opening series against Auburn (3/26)…Against Houston, went 2-for-4 (.500) with two home runs, good for a career-high five RBI…Performance led to College Classic MVP award, SEC Co-Player of the Week honor and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor…Hit second triple of career against Texas A&M (5/1), part of 2-for-4 game with a run scored…His year total of runs (37), hits (55), doubles (9), home runs (8), RBI (37) and slugging (.448) were all new personal season-highs…Finished Razorback career with a .264 batting average, 147 hits, 14 home runs and 85 RBI…Totaled 17 multi-hit games, good for third on the team and tied for tops in multi-RBI games…Was only Razorback in 2016 to record games of 5 RBI, 4 RBI, 3 RBI and 2 RBI each…Finished career with 34 hit by pitches, good for a tie for 4th all-time in Razorback history.

2015 (R-Junior)
>>> NCAA Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team

Became the everyday shortstop for the Razorbacks in 2015, hitting .269 with five doubles, four home runs and 30 runs batted in … Named to the 2015 Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team after going 4-for-10 with two runs scored and two runs batted in … Recorded the team’s longest hitting streak at 14 games during the year, hitting safely against Tennessee (May 8) through game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional against Missouri State (June 5) … Hit two grand slams, clearing the bases with home runs against Eastern Illinois (March 2) and Texas A&M (April 18) … Tallied a career-high four hits at Georgia (May 15).

2014 (R-Sophomore)
Played in 60 games and started 58 contests with 50 of those at shortstop … Hit .250 with four doubles, one triple and two home runs … Scored 30 runs and added 18 runs batted in … Made his Arkansas debut with a start at third base against Appalachian State in the season-opening series … Became the first Razorback since 2012 to score three runs in a game during an 8-3 victory over Eastern Illinois (Feb. 22) … Hit his first career home run against UNLV on April 3, a three-run home run for his first 3-RBI game of his career … Made an appearance on SportsCenter’s #SCTop10 plays of the day at No. 2 with an over the shoulder bare-handed catch in shallow centerfield at Ole Miss on May 3 … Recorded a seven-game hitting streak during the year and added 12 multi-hit games … Led the SEC with 18 hit by pitches … Named to the NCAA Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team after recording one hit in three of the four games and reaching base in every contest.

New Mexico Junior College
Earned second team all-conference honors as a freshman … Played in 40 games and hit .325 with a pair of home runs and 16 RBI … Drew more walks (27) than strikeouts (19) and ranked fourth on the team with a .458 on-base percentage.

J.M. Hanks High School
Earned all-district honors three times and was named to the all-city team twice … Hit .427 with 25 RBI as a senior.

Personal
Son of Hector and Laura Bernal … Has a brother, Hector, and a sister, Sabrina … Brother was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2006 MLB Draft … Majoring in criminal justice.

YearAVGGP-GSABRH2B3BHRRBITBSLG%BBHBPSOGDPOB%SFSHSB-ATTPOAEFLD%
TOTAL.264170-167556901471821485211.379553411611.364393-1023950143.945
2014.25060-5818030454121857.3171218411.357031-24916420.914
2015.26956-5517523475043064.3662910407.398252-710916211.961
2016.27454-5420137559183790.448146353.338110-18117512.955