BATON ROUGE, La. – A week after beating Georgia for the first time ever, the Arkansas gymnastics team recorded its first-ever victory in Baton Rouge with a 195.325-194.875 win over No. 19 LSU.
Before last week’s win over Georgia, Arkansas had trailed the all-time series 18-0. Against LSU, Arkansas leads 2-1-1 in the last four matchups. Before that stretch, LSU led the all-time series 18-0.
"It was awesome," co-head coach Mark Cook said. "This is the first win we’ve had down here and it’s the first one in dual competition. It was a really great opportunity to come here and beat them at home. We had some performances with errors and we have to make some adjustments, but at the same time, a win is a win."
Junior All-American Jaime Pisani tied for the title on floor while junior Mariah Howdeshell claimed her first-ever individual event title by winning bars.
No. 11 Arkansas (4-2, 4-1) has won four straight, including three consecutive road meets, all in Southeastern Conference action.
"I think we’re starting to develop some toughness," Cook said. "We’re still making some errors, but they aren’t caving in or giving up.
They are competing to win and doing a great job."
Through the first rotation, LSU led 49.075-48.85.
Howdeshell had a 9.825 on bars, followed by Pisani and Genny Salvatore with a 9.80 each, Jordan Salsberg a 9.75 and Shelby Salmon a 9.675.
LSU was led by Ashley Lee and Sarie Morrison, who each scored a 9.90 on vault.
In the second rotation, Arkansas had a 48.725 on vault while LSU struggled with a 47.775 on bars.
For the Razorbacks, Pisani had a 9.80, Salsberg a 9.775, Grable and freshman Scarlett Williams a 9.75 each, and sophomore Kelci Lewis a 9.65.
For LSU, Morrison had a 9.80.
Through two events, Arkansas led 97.575-96.85.
In the third rotation, LSU had a 49.025 on beam while Arkansas had a 48.925 on floor.
Through three events, Arkansas led 146.50-145.875.
Pisani had a 9.90 on floor, followed by freshman Bailee Zumwalde with a 9.80, Salsberg and Lewis with a 9.75, and Grable a 9.725.
For LSU, Maliah Mathis had a 9.85 on beam.
In the last rotation, Arkansas had a 48.825 on beam while LSU had a 49.00 on floor.
Grable had a 9.825, Salmon and Salsberg a 9.775, Williams a 9.75, and Pisani and Stacy Bartlett a 9.70.
"Jaime was awesome," Cook said. "Jordan is really picking it up and Katherine was great. Genny, for the first time, was in the competing lineup and placed by tying for second. She’s had four knee injuries, so that’s a tribute to her."
The LSU meet was covered by Comcast Sports Southeast. CSS is not available in Northwest Arkansas, but is available to subscribers in Central Arkansas on Channel 23. The tape-delay broadcast airs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. central.
Arkansas returns home to Barnhill Arena to face Brigham Young on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 11 Arkansas 195.325, No. 19 LSU 194.875 Feb. 11, 2011Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.
ArkansasBars: 48.85Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Genny Salvatore 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Michelle Stout 8.35, Shelby Salmon 9.675, Mariah Howdeshell 9.825
LSUVault: 49.075Maliah Mathis 9.725, Ericka Garcia 9.775, Sarah Zoldos 9.65, Sarie Morrison 9.90, Kaleigh Dickson 9.775, Ashley Lee 9.90
ArkansasVault: 48.725Kelci Lewis 9.65, Jordan Salsberg 9.775, Scarlett Williams 9.75, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.75, Mariah Howdeshell 9.05
LSUBars: 47.775Ericka Garcia 9.725, Shelby Prunty 9.225, Sarah Zoldos 9.775, Sarie Morrison 9.80, Kaleigh Dickson 8.75, Samantha Engle 9.25
ArkansasFloor: 48.925Bailee Zumwalde 9.80, Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Stacy Bartlett 9.675, Kelci Lewis 9.75, Katherine Grable 9.725, Jaime Pisani 9.90
LSUBeam: 49.025Shelby Prunty 9.625, Sarie Morrison 9.80, Ericka Garcia 9.80, Kaleigh Dickson 9.775, Maliah Mathis 9.85, Samantha Engle 9.80
ArkansasBeam: 48.825Scarlett Williams 9.75, Jaime Pisani 9.70, Jordan Salsberg 9.775, Shelby Salmon 9.775, Katherine Grable 9.825, Stacy Bartlett 9.70
LSUFloor: 49.00Sarie Morrison 9.85, Shelby Prunty 9.725,Kaleigh Dickson 9.85, Ashley Lee 9.625, Maliah Mathis 9.90, Janelle Garcia 9.675