Salpointe's Serrano leading Hogs on one last run - Tucson News Now

Salpointe's Serrano leading Hogs on one last run

Salpointe Catholic's Joe Serrano ('11) is hoping for one final trip to Omaha. Salpointe Catholic's Joe Serrano ('11) is hoping for one final trip to Omaha.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Salpointe Catholic Baseball grad Joe Serrano ('11) is trying to make his last run in college baseball as memorable as possible.

Serrano had six hits in 12 at-bats last weekend for the Arkansas Razorbacks as the Hogs sprinted through the Stillwater (OK) Regional in a three-game sweep.

Arkansas will host Missouri State this weekend in the best-of-three Super Regional round.

Serrano had a double and two RBI to go with his six hits in being named the Most Outstanding Player of the regional.

It has been a roller-coaster ride for Serrano since he opted to go to college over professional baseball. The right-handed hitting infielder turned outfielder was drafted in the 12th round of the 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

He hit .333 in just 33 games as a freshman. Serrano followed that up with a .295 campaign as a sophomore in which he started 50 of the Razorbacks 52 games.

The Tucson-native started all but one of Arkansas' 61 games as a junior and batted in team-second best .289, however Serrano was not selected in last summer's Major League Baseball draft.

He returned for his senior-year and has batted .286 with three home runs and 31 runs batted in, starting 52 of the Arkansas' 60 games.

Serrano had a key ninth-inning hit last weekend that drove in the winning run on the Razorbacks victory over St. John's.

If Arkansas advances it will be Serrano's second trip to the College World Series. The Razorbacks appeared in Omaha in 2012 getting swept in the semifinals by the South Carolina team that eventually lost in the championship series to the Wildcats.

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