Arkansas baseball players make history in CWS win over Auburn

OMAHA, Neb. — Expectations have defined Arkansas baseball’s 2022 season, but perhaps for no one more than first baseman Peyton Stovall.

The highly-touted freshman turned down “life-changing” money and the MLB Draft to play at Arkansas, but hit .251 before the NCAA Tournament. Bigger numbers were expected for Stovall after he racked up preseason braces.

Since tournament play began, however, Stovall has been one of Arkansas’ biggest offensive weapons. He’s hitting .525 in the Razorbacks’ nine postseason games, and he can improve on that figure when Arkansas plays Ole Miss in a must-win game Wednesday (6 p.m. CT, ESPN).

Stovall’s impressive postseason prompted Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn to shuffle his batting order Tuesday before the Razorbacks (45-20) beat Auburn (43-22). He swapped Stovall and designated hitter Brady Slavens, moving Stovall from the eight-hole to the two-hole.

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