BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Junior outfielder Luke Bonfield was named the SEC Player of the Week today, as it was announced by the Southeastern Conference office.
Bonfield was a key component over the last week, helping Arkansas go 4-0 with a win over Missouri State and a series sweep of Georgia.
This is the first player of the week honor for an Arkansas player this season and the first for Bonfield in his career.
Over the previous four-game stretch, the junior hit an even .400, including hitting two home runs to help Arkansas sweep Georgia and win its fourth SEC series of the year.
His play has been a big reason that the Razorbacks have gotten off to their best conference start since 2010.
Since conference play began, Bonfield has been one of Arkansas’ best hitters at the plate and he showed it against the Bulldogs, as he turned in two multi-hit performances and had two or more RBIs in all three games.
In 15 conference games, Bonfield is hitting .339 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. His totals in hits, RBIs, home runs and slugging percentage are all in the top 10 in the league in SEC play.
Bonfield’s week started off with a bang when he went 3-for-6 against Missouri State, helping the Hogs to a big 12-4 win over the Bears.
In that game, Bonfield tied for the team high with three RBIs and he hit his first triple of his career. It was also his team-leading fifth game with three or more hits.
The New Jersey native was a tough out over the weekend against Georgia, going 5-for-14 (.357) at the plate with four of those hits coming with runners on base and three with two outs.
His two-out home run in the seventh inning of game two against Georgia completed a two-run comeback to give the Hogs their first lead of the game, which they would go on to win, 5-4, in 10 innings.
Bonfield is currently hitting .329 on the year, the third-highest average on the team, with 15 of his 48 hits going for extra bases. His seven home runs is just one off from his total last year and his 35 RBIs is the second-highest total on the team behind Chad Spanberger’s 36 RBIs.
Up next, Bonfield and the Razorbacks host Memphis for a two-game series starting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Baum Stadium. The game can be seen on the SEC Network+.
Wednesday’s game will be played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas and can be heard on the Razorback Sports Network on the radio with first pitch scheduled for 6:30. There will be no television coverage for the game in North Little Rock.