HOOVER, Ala. – Arkansas’ freshman third baseman Casey Martin of Lonoke earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors Sunday afternoon after powering the Razorbacks to the SEC Tournament semifinal for the second-consecutive year and fourth time in the last six seasons.
Arkansas placed three players to the all-tournament team a year ago when Luke Bonfield, Kacey Murphy, and tournament MVP Chad Spanberger led the Hogs to the final. Martin is the second third baseman in school history to be named to the SEC All-Tournament Team, joining Zack Cox, who made it in 2009, and the first freshman since Tyler Spoon in 2013.
Just one week after being named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team, Martin showed out in, arguably, the toughest conference tournament in the country, when he went 4-for-12 (.333) at the plate with three of his hits being homers.
The Lonoke native led all tournament players with the three long balls and finished second in total bases (13). Martin now leads the Razorbacks with 13 home runs this year, which also ties Cox for the Arkansas freshman single-season record set in 2009.
Martin went 2-for-5 (.400) in Arkansas’ opening game of the tournament with two home runs, helping the Hogs to the 13-8 win over five-seed South Carolina. He now has two multi-home run games this year and was one of only two players in this year’s tournament to hit two home runs in the same game.
In the third round game against top-seed Florida, Martin stayed hot, hitting his third home run of the tournament and 13th of the year in the second inning to put the Hogs up early on the Gators. Martin has 10 hits in his last six games, including a four-hit game on May 17 against Georgia, his second four-hit game of the year.
UA sports information
2018 SEC All-Tournament Team
P: John Doxakis, Texas A&M
P: Todd Peterson, LSU
C: Nick Fortes, Ole Miss
DH: Edouard Julien, Auburn
1B: Chris Andritsos, Texas A&M
2B: Michael Helman, Texas A&M
3B: Casey Martin, Arkansas
SS: LT Tolbert, South Carolina
OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU
OF: Will Golsan, Ole Miss
OF: Thomas Dillard, Ole Miss*
OF: Jay Estes, Auburn*
Most Valuable Player: Nick Fortes, Ole Miss