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Razorback Quartet Named To Preseason All-SEC First Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With only one week remaining until the Opening Day and after being named to nearly every single preseason All-America list, Arkansas’ quartet of Casey Martin, Heston Kjerstad, Matt Cronin and Dominic Fletcher were all selected by the league coaches to the Preseason All-SEC First Team.

The four first team selections are the most of any team in the league and it ties with Ole Miss and Georgia for the most selections combined on either Preseason All-SEC team. Fletcher and Kjerstad make up two of the three outfield positions, while Martin is considered the top shortstop in the league and Cronin is considered the top reliever by the 14 head coaches.

Kjerstad is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year after hitting .332 with 87 hits, 14 home runs and 58 RBIs, while Fletcher is coming off his second-straight year with 10 or more homers, becoming the first Razorback to achieve that in his first two years since Rodney Nye (1998-99).

Martin is also fresh off a freshman All-America season and hit .357 in the College World Series, totaling 10 of his 19 postseason hits in Omaha. The Lonoke, Arkansas native was named to the CWS All-Tournament Team and take over the shortstop position for the 2019 season.

Finally, on the mound, Cronin enters the year as, arguably, the best closer in the nation after setting a UA single-season saves record (14), tying for the second-most in the SEC and 14th in the nation. Cronin held opponents to a .154 batting average, the lowest of any Razorback pitcher for the second-consecutive year.

As for the poll, the 14 coaches in the SEC voted in the 28th annual preseason SEC poll and the Razorbacks were picked to finish third in the Western Division, but did pick up one vote to win the division. Arkansas also received one vote to win the SEC overall and received 59 points for the overall conference finish, which is sixth-most in the league.

Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion

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