Utility Infielder Jacob Nesbit got the starting nod at third base in his first series playing for the Razorbacks, and the Redshirt Freshman impressed Dave Van Horn.
“Got a couple of really big hits in game one and game two that helped us build up some leads, and probably saved our bullpen. He played some really good defense, got some big hits, laid down some good bunts. Really good start for Jacob,” DVH said.
Nesbit went 4-for-10 at the plate for the weekend, including 2-for-4 performances in game one and game two driving in three runs to cap off game two and the doubleheader sweep Saturday.
“I just do whatever I can to help the team, and a sac bunt is just as cool with me as a base knock for an RBI. Getting guys in scoring position is always a really good feeling. It’s rewarding,” Nesbit said.
The six-foot 175 pound Coppell, Texas native playing at the hot corner also played well in the fall.
“I think it gave me a lot of confidence the first weekend getting out there and getting my first starts out of the way, and building off of it is going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun,” Nesbit adds.
Providing a spark in the bottom part of the order made a huge difference, and it took care of some of the concerns Van Horn mentioned going into the series. Nesbit hit from the eight spot in game one and nine spot in games two and three.
Arkansas travels to Los Angeles, California for a three-game series this week facing USC.
Game time is 9 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.