2024 Kubota College Baseball Series - Weekend 2

Arkansas Baseball Star Hagen Smith Flirting With All-Time Strikeout Record

Arkansas Baseball Star Hagen Smith Flirting With All-Time Strikeout Record

Arkansas baseball star pitcher Hagen Smith threw 17 strikeouts in 6 innings against Oregon State. Here's the all-time strikeout record

Feb 24, 2024 by FloBaseball Staff
Arkansas Baseball Star Hagen Smith Flirting With All-Time Strikeout Record

Arkansas star pitcher Hagen Smith struck out 17 Oregon State batters through the six innings in the huge matchup of Top 5-ranked teams taking place during the first day of Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 2 at Globe Life Park. 

Smith, widely considered to be a first-round pick in the coming MLB draft, was well on his way to breaking the all-time strikeout record in a single game when he was taken out before the start of the 7th inning. 

Smith only needed nine more strikeouts to break the record, which is 26. 

What's The College Baseball Record For Strikeouts In A Single Game?

Buddy Schultz owns the record for strikeouts in a single game with 26 strikeouts. 

The Miami (OH) University pitcher broke the record on April 3, 1971 when his Redhawks played Wright State. 

Watch Hagen Smith Get His 17th Strikeout Against Oregon State Baseball 

Watch Hagen Smith Strikeout Travis Bazzana

2024 MLB Draft Prospects In Oregon State Vs. Arkansas Baseball

Travis Bazzana, Oregon State Baseball

The Sydney, Australia native is the No. 3 overall prospect for this year’s draft behind only JJ Wetherholt of West Virginia and Nick Kurtz of Wake Forest. He enters the weekend batting .450 with an OPS of 1.492 and a slugging percentage of 1.050. The leadoff hitter has three home runs, a double and a triple in five games. 

Hagen Smith, Arkansas Baseball

Hagen Smith had a 3.64 ERA in 71.2 innings with 109 strikeouts in 2023 and is No. 15 and third-highest pitcher-only player in the top-100 rankings.

Smith has not pitched since Opening Day for Arkansas and the team hasn't announced it's starter for Friday's game as of Feb. 22. But it seems to lineup for the ace to face Oregon State on Friday. His first hitter he faces would be Bazzana, who hits leadoff for the Beavers. 

Gavin Turley, Oregon State

Gavin Turley is the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2025 MLB Draft. He slashed 309/.438/.664 as freshman for Oregon State. The outfielder is the No. 8 college player in his draft. He started this season with a slash line of .333/1.256/.778 through five games. 

Wehiwa Aloy, Arkansas Baseball

The sophomore is eligible for the 2025 draft and is currently the No. 13-ranked overall prospect in his class. At 6-foot-2, 195-pound, Aloy has a powerful frame at shortstop and had a slashline of .376/.427/.662 in 2023 when he played for Sacramento State. Baseball America also rates him as the No. 7 college prospect in the draft. 

It’ll be a tough task to overtake high school prospect Ethan Holliday as the top infielder in the class, but a strong SEC season would surely move him up the rankings. In the first four games, Aloy is batting .294 with two walks, four RBI and five hits. 

Trent Caraway, Oregon State

Trent Caraway was the No. 30 recruit in the country at Perfect Game. He was also the California Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior. His college career is starting with a five-game hitting streak with two home runs across his first two games. 

He enters the Arkansas game with a slash line of .474/1.492/.947. He has two homers, three doubles and nine hits in five games. He has even stolen two bases. 

The third baseman has also done this as the No. 9 hitter in the lineup batting ahead of All-American Travis Bazzana. 

He is the No. 24 overall prospect in 2025 and the No. 11 college prospect in that draft.

Hagen Smith Vs. Travis Bazzana A 2024 MLB Draft Showcase

All-American Hagen Smith of Arkansas Baseball and Travis Bazzana of Oregon State Baseball are in the lineup as the No. 3 prospect in college baseball, Bazzana, will face No. 15 Hagen Smith to start the nightcap of Day 1 of the Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 2.

Arkansas is the home team in the game. 

In one poll this weekend, Arkansas (3-1) rose to No. 2 in the country. In another poll, Oregon State (5-0) moved to No. 3. Every poll had both teams somewhere in the top 10 of the rankings and in some rankings Oregon State was higher than the Razorbacks.

When Is Oregon State Baseball Vs. Arkansas?

The game is the nightcap of Day 1 and follows the Michigan vs. Oklahoma State game at Globe Life Field. The scheduled first pitch for Oregon State vs. Arkansas game is 8 p.m. EST, but could be delayed depending on the first game's outcome. 

Stream Arkansas Baseball Vs. Oregon State At The Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 2

Weekend two and three will both stream live on FloBaseball and the FloSports app.

Oregon State Baseball Vs. Arkansas A Rematch Of 2018 College World Series Final

Head-to-head wise, the two programs are 3-2 all-time but they haven't played since June 2018. 

That's when Oregon State beat Arkansas in the finals 2 games to 1 to win Pat Casey's third national championship. Casey retired after the series. 

2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 2 Schedule 

All times Eastern

Friday, Feb. 23 

  • 4 p.m. – Michigan vs. Oklahoma State 
  • 8 p.m. – Oregon State vs. Arkansas

Saturday, Feb. 24 

  • 4 p.m. – Michigan vs. Oregon State 
  • 8 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Oklahoma State

Sunday, Feb. 25 

  • 2 p.m. – Arkansas vs. Michigan 
  • 6 p.m. – Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State

D1Baseball Top 25 Poll On Feb. 19

  1. Wake Forest
  2. Arkansas
  3. LSU
  4. Florida
  5. TCU
  6. Vanderbilt
  7. Oregon State
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Tennessee
  10. Clemson
  11. East Carolina
  12. Duke
  13. NC State
  14. Virginia
  15. North Carolina
  16. Texas
  17. Alabama
  18. Iowa
  19. Texas Tech
  20. UCLA
  21. South Carolina
  22. UC Santa Barbara
  23. Indiana
  24. Kansas State
  25. Coastal Carolina

NCBWA Top 25 Poll 

TCU (3-0) moved up to No. 3 in the first update. The Horned Frogs, who play in the College Baseball Showdown Weekend 3, moved up from No. 6. Arkansas dropped a spot to No. 5. The writers moved Oregon State four spots to No. 8. 

  1. Wake Forest
  2. LSU
  3. TCU
  4. Oregon State
  5. Arkansas
  6. Florida
  7. Tennessee
  8. Clemson
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Vanderbilt
  11. Virginia
  12. Duke
  13. East Carolina
  14. North Carolina
  15. Texas
  16. South Carolina
  17. NC State
  18. Alabama
  19. UCLA
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Iowa
  22. Auburn
  23. Stanford
  24. Kentucky
  25. DBU

What College Baseball Tournaments Are Streaming On FloBaseball?

These tournaments will stream on FloBaseball and the FloSports app in February and March:

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