HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year, the league office announced Monday, as he leads six other Razorbacks that were named to the All-SEC, All-Freshman, and All-Defense teams.
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Kjerstad was awarded the conference’s highest honor for a freshman by the league’s head coaches at the conclusion of the regular season and is the first player in program history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors. He’s also the third Razorback to win a major conference award in school history joining Andrew Benintendi (Player of the Year, 2015) and Nick Schmidt (Pitcher of the Year, 2006)
In addition to being named the league’s top freshman, Kjerstad was also named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman team for the outfield. He’s joined by third baseman Casey Martin, who completed an equally stellar freshman campaign with the Hogs, making the All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team also.
As for the veterans, second baseman and redshirt senior Carson Shaddy earned All-SEC First Team honors, right-handed pitcher Blaine Knight and junior outfielder Eric Cole both were named All-SEC second teamers. Junior catcher Grant Koch and sophomore centerfielder Dominic Fletcher were named to the SEC All-Defense team.