The 24th-ranked Arkansas baseball team wraps up play at the Cal Baseball Classic with a doubleheader against host Cal today in Berkeley, Calif. The Razorbacks earned a 4-0 shutout victory over Tulane yesterday, with Zach Jackson earning the win and Jacob Stone picking up the save.
For a complete recap of the game and statistics, click here.
Today’s games are scheduled to feature RHP Chris Oliver (1-1, 1.12) against LHP Kyle Porter (1-0, 1.35) in game one and RHP Trey Killian (0-1, 13.50) against LHP Michael Theofanopoulos (1-2, 4.72) in game two. The Razorbacks and Golden Bears have met seven times, with Arkansas holding a 4-3 edge in the all-time series. The last time the teams met Arkansas won two of three games against Cal in Berkeley, Calif., from March 5-7, 2010.
The No. 14 University of Arkansas gymnastics team completed the upset victory last night over No. 9 Nebraska 196.700 – 196.350 as they posted their best road score of the season. This is the first time the Razorbacks upset a top-10 opponent since 2011, when the Razorbacks topped No. 1 Florida in Barnhill Arena.
Senior All-American Katherine Grable tied for her eight all-around title of the season with Nebraska senior Emily Wong with a 39.625 to improve Grable’s season-best road score she set last week at Georgia.
The Arkansas bats were at it again Saturday afternoon bat Bogle Park, tallying 15 hits in the third inning on their way to scoring 20 runs in the frame against Mississippi Valley State. The offensive outburst is the school record for runs in an inning and ties the school mark for runs in a single game. Fans don’t need to think back to far to the Razorbacks’ other 20-run performance. Earlier this season, Arkansas dealt North Dakota a 20-1 loss at the FGCU Round Robin in Ft. Myers, Fla. In that game, the team posted big innings of 12 and seven runs.
In Saturday’s game against MVSU, each spot in the lineup scored at least once with Devon Wallace crossing the plate three times. Among the free flow of hits, Amanda Geile and Parker Pocklington each uncorked a three-run home run to pace the offense.
For a full recap of the two games, statistics and access to the photo gallery, click here.
Will the fireworks continue today when Arkansas closes out the Razorback Invitational with games against Bradley at 12:30 p.m. and MVSU at 3 p.m.?
Student-Athlete Success Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Arkansas athletics held a groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Success Center yesterday, at the site just north of Bud Walton Arena in Lot 55 between John McDonnell Field and Pomfret Hall.
The Student-Athlete Success Center is designed to address the academic, nutritional, personal and professional development of more than 460 student-athletes, creating an integrated academic support program focused on graduation of all student-athletes at the University of Arkansas. The approximately 55,000 square foot facility, is scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2015.
Below is a Daily Call exlcusive Q&A with Associate Athletic Director Eric Wood on the new building.
Q: What does this groundbreaking represent in terms of Arkansas’ commitment to student-athletes?
EW: This groundbreaking represents the department’s commitment to excellence in every area for our student-athletes. That is the vision Jeff Long has created for all of us in Razorback Athletics and we continue to see the results of that. The Student Athlete Success Center will not only be one of the smartest buildings on campus, as it relates to technology, but it will be the largest facility in the SEC for academics, student athlete development, nutrition and sports psychology.
Q: How do you think the Student-Athlete Success Center will impact Arkansas athletics?
EW: The main focus in the design of all three of the facilities currently in construction is to increase student-athlete efficiency and effectiveness. So, the SASC will be a one stop shop for all of the aforementioned areas for student-athletes to maximize their time throughout the day. The facility will serve as the hub for all 460 student athletes to interact and call home. It will be the most used facility in athletics during their time as current Razorbacks, and the programs they participate in while in the building will also prove to impact them for their rest of their lives.
Q: What is an insider tidbit about the Student-Athlete Success Center that fans may not know?
EW: We were very strategic about not just calling this facility the academics center. While graduation is our top priority, we would have done our student-athletes a disservice if we did not address career development, leadership, financial literacy, nutrition, and mental health during their time as Razorbacks. So, since we are doing way more than academic counseling and tutoring in the building, we decided to name it appropriately to reflect the programs that will contribute to student-athlete success, and that success looks different for each person.
Q: What feature about the Student-Athlete Success Center has wowed you the most?
EW: The features that have wowed me the most include the square footage of the facility at 55k square feet, but the design of the building is also really special. It's not your traditional "academic center" with a lot of hallways and basic study rooms. There will be lots of study stay space, however we wanted a lot of natural light and a mall-like feel for student athletes to easily navigate their way to the different departments that will make up the SASC.
Q: What do you think the student-athletes’ favorite part of the new building will be?
EW: The favorite part of the building could be any of the three new computer labs, but something tells me the dining hall will be the place where they can let their hair down and interact with peers from other sports. Most families bond over a meal at the table and I imagine that's exactly what will happen with our Razorbacks.
Check out Razorvision's coverage of the groundbreaking and a photo gallery from the event below.
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