Michael Turner’s Arkansas baseball career may have only lasted one season, but, my, what a season it was.
The man who transferred from Kent State for a final season in the sport may have been the most locally famous player on the team. He was a staple behind the plate and a late-season row between Turner and sports radio personality Derek Ruscin led to national recognition.
In the fall out (Ruscin’s fallout, as Turner didn’t have any, nor did he need any) of that event, Turner was on fire. He went 8 for 17 at the Stillwater Regional en route to being named MVP. The Razorbacks won the regional then went on to beat North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional.
Arkansas ultimately finished one game shy of playing for a national title, falling to eventual national champion Ole Miss in an elimination game.
Turner finished the season with a .323/.388/.502 split with nine home runs and 53 RBIs. He thanked Arkansas, across the board, on Wednesday, as his college career came to an end.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s truly a nightmare having to say goodbye to this place. I have never felt so welcomed anywhere in my life and I’m grateful for that. This was the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball. Forever thankful to be a Razorback❤️🐗 pic.twitter.com/HgEwkbeYFN
— Michael Turner (@MBTurner5) June 29, 2022