The first of Arizona’s many baseball players to enter the NCAA transfer portal has found his next stop.
Freshman Jacob Berry, who set numerous school records in his lone season at the UA, is following former Arizona head coach Jay Johnson to LSU.
Due to recent changes, I am excited to play for Coach Johnson and I’m following him to the SEC… I am thankful for the good ppl and teammates at UA…wishing y’all the best! I’m also excited for the opportunity to wear the iconic purple/gold for LSU!#Geauxtigers pic.twitter.com/Vs0ovm4MqF— Jacob Berry (@berry_jacob_24) July 4, 2021
A third baseman/designated hitter, Berry hit .352 with a team-high 17 home runs and 70 RBI in helping the the Wildcats reach the College World Series for the second time in six years. Named a Freshman All-American, Berry set UA freshman records in RBI (70), hits (87), extra-base hits (41) and total bases (167).
He was one of the first UA players to enter the portal in the wake of Johnson’s sudden departure to LSU. All told, the Wildcats had 19 players enter the portal, including 12 that were part of the team’s 27-man CWS roster.
The Wildcats have also seen 2022 recruits Mikey Romero and Justin Crawford, the son of Carl Crawford, decommit since Johnson’s departure.