FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When the Razorbacks take the field on Sunday in the 2007 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament Championship Game, the University of Arkansas will be making league history. For the first time in SEC annals, the same school will compete in the league championship games in football, basketball and baseball in the same school year.
Arkansas played eventual national champion Florida in the 2006 SEC Football Championship at the Georgia Dome in December. The two schools met again in the same building for the 2007 SEC Basketball Tournament Championship in March. Arkansas will take on Vanderbilt for the baseball tournament title at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., on Sunday. The game will be televised at 3 p.m. by Fox Sports Net.
“It is a tremendous credit to our coaches, our student-athletes and our fans that we have reached the championship games in football, basketball and baseball all in the same year,” Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said. “When you consider of all the outstanding programs in our league and their success, no school has been able to accomplish this feat previously. I’m very proud of this truly special year and the unprecedented success of the Razorback program.”
In addition to the Razorbacks’ appearance in the trio of championship games, Arkansas continued its dominance in cross country and track and field. Arkansas head coach John McDonnell guided the Hogs to their 16th-consecutive SEC cross country crown in October. The Hogs also earned their 14th SEC indoor track and field championship in Lexington last February.
The Razorbacks also captured SEC Western Division regular-season championships in both football and baseball.