JONESBORO, Ark. (6/8/23) – Arkansas State junior first baseman Brandon Hager earned a spot on the 2023 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team after his standout 2023 campaign, Natural State Baseball announced Thursday.
Hager led the Red Wolves in batting (.346), home runs (15), RBIs (55), hit-by-pitches (16), slugging (.657), on base percentage (.500) and total bases (119) while finishing tied for the team lead in hits (63). In conference play, Hager was just as impressive, slashing .347/.786/.529 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs.
The Festus, Mo., native’s 55 runs driven in is the most since Matt Burgess drove in 58 in 2014. He also reached base in 42 consecutive games to end the year, the most by a Red Wolf since Zach George ended the 2015 season with a 55-game on-base streak.
Hager’s 15 homers is tied for second in program history in single-season round trippers, while his 25 career long balls ties him for third in school history with Murray Watts (2008-10).
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2023 ALL-ARKANSAS TEAM
Catcher – Michael Quinones, Ouachita Baptist (.346, 18 doubles, 11 home runs)
First Base – Brandon Hager, Arkansas State (.348, 11 doubles, 15 home runs)
Second Base – Trace Shoup, SouthArk (.378, 22 doubles, 16 home runs, 85 RBI)
Third Base – Brandon Nicoll, Southern Arkansas (.355, 20 doubles, 11 home runs)
Shortstop – Dustin Bermudez, Ouachita Baptist (.308, 15 doubles,12 home runs)
Left Field – Gabe Walker, Central Baptist (.408, 17 doubles, 9 home runs)
Center Field – Tyler Williams, Little Rock (.363, 27 extra base hits, 23 stolen bases)
Right Field – Roc Hawthorne, SouthArk (.344, 31 extra base hits, 81 runs scored)
Designated Hitter – Jaden Woolbright, SAU Tech (.466, 17 doubles, 10 home runs)
Starting Pitcher – Jackson Wells, Little Rock (7-4, 1.65 ERA)
Starting Pitcher – Mason Philley, UAM (8-5, 3.71 ERA, 127 strikeouts)
Starting Pitcher – Jeremy Adorno, SAU (8-4, 4.20 ERA, 123 strikeouts)
Relief Pitcher – Isaiah Haynes, SAU (13 saves, 1.65 ERA)
Relief Pitcher – Dustin Bermudez, Ouachita Baptist (10 saves, 45 strikeouts)
Pitcher – Hagan Smith, Arkansas (8-2, 3.64 ERA, 109 strikeouts)
Pitcher – Jesse Barker, UCA (7-4, 3.00 ERA, 109 strikeouts)
Player of the Year – Trace Shoup, SouthArk
Pitcher of the Year – Jackson Wells, Little Rock
The Natural – Jaden Woolbright, SAU Tech
Freshman of the Year – Brett Foss, SouthArk
Coach of the Year – Cannon Lester, SouthArk
Team of the Year – SouthArk Community College Stars
Jace Bohrofen (Arkansas); Hunter Hollan (Arkansas); Jared Wegner (Arkansas); Chase Cripps (Arkansas Monticello); Kirk Woolf (Arkansas Monticello); Casey Shipley (Arkansas Rich Mountain); Cooper White (Arkansas Rich Mountain); Kyler Carmack (Arkansas State); Wil French (Arkansas State); Breck Burris (ASU – Mountain Home); Samuel Lemond (ASU – Mountain Home); Mason Griffin (Arkansas Tech); Nick Jones (Arkansas Tech); Sawyer Duddleston (Arkansas Tech); Keaton Ranallo (Arkansas Tech); Sam Stephenson (Arkansas Tech); Nick Aide (Central Baptist); Corbett Seib (Crowley’s Ridge); Doyle Coulton (Harding); Jay Merritt (Harding); Henry Coppens (Henderson State); Luke Rice (Henderson State); Greyson Stevens (Henderson State); Andrei Stoyanow (Hendrix); Nico Baumbach (Little Rock); Preston Davis (Little Rock); Luke Pectol (Little Rock); Austin Stubber (Little Rock); Max Bates (North Ark); Dylan Carrell (North Ark); Evan Gaunt (North Ark); Anthony Soria (North Ark); Cameron Tyson (National Park); G Allen (Ouachita Baptist); Teddy Webb (Ouachita Baptist); Mitchell Brown (Philander Smith); Jacob Ambriz (SouthArk); Trey Miller (SouthArk); Elijah Nichols (SouthArk); Ryan Riggs (SouthArk); Mikel Howell (Southern Arkansas); Brett McGee (Southern Arkansas); Riley Orr (Southern Arkansas); Will Richardson (Southern Arkansas); Cooper McDaniel (SAU Tech); Dezmond Cordova (Williams Baptist)
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