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Arkansas Razorbacks News: Frank Ragnow’s Story, and the SEC Baseball Tournament

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We’ll find out who Arkansas plays in Hoover tomorrow.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Not too long ago, we showed a story Jason Kersey did about Frank Ragnow’s decision to return for his senior season and having to make that call without his father. It teased a bigger story about the Ragnow family as a whole. Here is that, and it’s certainly worth taking a break from whatever you’re doing and reading it. It touches on his father, Jon’s involvement in the community, his moment with Nick Saban, and eventually Frank dealing with the process of the NFL draft without him.

Moving over to the diamond, Arkansas is a top 4 seed in the SEC Tournament, something they didn’t even qualify for last season. Not only that, they carry in the momentum of their last two series wins over Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. The Hogs want to bolster their resume to make sure they’re hosting a regional next weekend. Showing how far they’ve come from last season’s end without any postseason play.

Here’s the bracket for the tournament. Arkansas is the 4-seed and plays the late game tomorrow against the winner of Georgia and Mississippi State. Today is the single elimination portion of the tournament, while tomorrow is the start of the double elimination format until the semifinals and finals, which jump back to single elimination. Arkansas is guaranteed two games, but could play as many as five should they advance.

All-SEC teams came out before the tournament and Arkansas had three selections. Catcher Grant Koch was first team, Jax Biggers was second team at Shortstop, and Dominic Fletcher was named to the all-freshman team.

A couple of basketball notes, freshman Daniel Gafford has a slightly torn meniscus and will be evaluated soon by the Razorback staff. He will be on campus soon as a summer enrollee, and Mike Anderson didn’t sound too concerned about it’s severity.

Also get your “release the Brachen” jokes in while you can, Anderson also announced that Brachen Hazen will transfer out of the program. Hazen only played in 42 minutes as a freshman last season.