Arkansas ace Hagen Smith has been named the Perfect Game Pitcher of the Year, capping off a remarkable season with impressive stats and accolades, including leading the country in strikeouts per nine innings and other key pitching metrics.

By the Numbers
  • Smith finished the 2024 campaign with a 9-2 record, 2.04 ERA, and 161 strikeouts in 84.0 innings over 16 starts.
  • Smith led the nation with an NCAA-record 17.3 strikeouts per nine innings and ranked first in hits allowed per nine innings (4.4), second in total strikeouts, fourth in ERA, and seventh in WHIP (0.89).
  • Smith set Arkansas program records with 11 quality starts, 11 double-digit strikeout games, and became the all-time career strikeout leader for the Razorbacks.
State of Play
  • Hagen Smith is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, and National Pitcher of the Year Award.
  • Gabe Gaeckle also received recognition, earning his second Freshman All-America honor as a relief pitcher.
What's Next

Smith's success and recognition position him as a top contender for prestigious national awards, while Gaeckle's emergence as a reliable bullpen arm sets a promising trajectory for his future in collegiate baseball.

Bottom Line

Arkansas' Hagen Smith's outstanding performance and record-breaking achievements in the 2024 season establish him as a standout player in college baseball, while Gabe Gaeckle's consistent excellence solidifies his role as a key asset for the Razorbacks' pitching staff.