Fri June 21, 2024

By Lance Hawley

Smith Named Baseball America All-American
Oliver Grigg

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas ace Hagen Smith has been named an All-American by Baseball America, earning his fourth first-team All-America recognition of the postseason.


Smith, recently named the 2024 College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year, has now garnered first-team All-America praise from American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings, Baseball America, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game. The Razorback pitcher is the sixth two-time All-American in school history, joining program greats Kevin McReynolds, Jeff King, Phillip Stidham, David Walling and Nick Schmidt in select company.


Smith proved to be the best pitcher in all of college baseball in 2024, completing the campaign with a 9-2 record, 2.04 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 84.0 innings over 16 starts. The junior left-hander, named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 7-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 60.0 innings over 10 SEC starts on the mound, led the country with an NCAA-record 17.25 strikeouts per nine innings on the season and finished ranked first nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (4.4), second in strikeouts (161), fourth in ERA (2.04) and seventh in WHIP (0.89).


The Bullard, Texas, native posted a team-leading 11 quality starts and logged a program-record 11 double-digit strikeout games on the year, becoming the program’s all-time career strikeout king and single-season strikeout leader during his historic 2024 campaign. Smith, who raised his career strikeout total to 360, overtook Schmidt (345) for sole possession of Arkansas’ career strikeout mark in addition to surpassing Walling’s single-season strikeout record of 155 set in 1999 to move atop the program’s single-season strikeout leaderboard (161).


In one of the greatest pitching performances in program history, Smith tied Arkansas’ single-game record with his 17-strikeout gem on 78 pitches over six shutout innings against Oregon State on Feb. 23 in the Kubota College Baseball Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Smith matched Razorback great Jess Todd’s single-game strikeout record (17), doing so in 40 fewer pitches than Todd threw against South Carolina on May 24, 2007, in the SEC Tournament.


Smith, who has also been named the Perfect Game Pitcher of the Year and finished as one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, is one of three finalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, which will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, on ESPN ahead of game one of the College World Series.