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Razorback Roundup — April 19

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — April 19

BASEBALL (31-6, 12-3): The Razorbacks extended their winning streak to 11 with a 5-0 week against New Mexico and Georgia. The streak is the longest since the 2005 club won 12 in a row. Arkansas has also won eight consecutive Southeastern Conference games. During the week, Arkansas won a pair of one-run contests against New Mexico at Baum Stadium. In the opener, Tom Hauskey delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 4-3 triumph. The Razorbacks closed the two-game set with a 5-4 win. Arkansas hosted Georgia for an SEC weekend series with game one televised on ESPN2. In front of an announced crowd of 9,047 and behind a complete game by Drew Smyly, the Hogs won the opener, 10-2. Arkansas mirrored its performance in game two with another 10-2 win. Brett Eibner worked seven innings on the mound and drove in four runs. In the finale, the Hogs’ offense continued its hot streak with a 13-5 win. Individually, Monk Kreder pushed his hitting streak to 19 games while Zack Cox has hit safely in 12 straight. Arkansas hosts Oral Roberts on Tuesday at Baum Stadium. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television at 6:35 p.m. The Razorbacks lead the series with ORU 62-34. The Hogs head to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for a three-game series against the Gators and lead the all-time series, 21-19. Game two of the weekend series at McKethan Stadium will be televised by Sun Sports (Ch. 653 – DirecTV; Ch. 422 – Dish Network).MEN’S BASKETBALL: Point guard Courtney Fortson has declared for the NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent, meaning he may return for his junior season.FOOTBALL: Arkansas concludes spring football practice this week with the Red-White Spring Game presented by Cox Digital Cable. The game is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The NFL Draft will also be held this week at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Round one will be held on Thursday. Rounds two and three follow on Friday and rounds four through seven follow on Saturday.MEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks finished fourth at the SEC Championship at St. Simons Island, Ga., over the weekend. Arkansas was in contention for the title with nine holes remaining. Senior David Lingmerth finished tied for 10th. Dalton Owens tied for 12th. The Razorbacks now await word on earning an NCAA Regional bid. Regionals begin May 20. WOMEN’S GOLF: A late rally lifted the No. 35 Razorbacks to a third-place finish at the 2010 SEC Championship at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday. Arkansas was paced by junior Kelli Shean with a career-best fourth-place finish. Senior Kristin Ingram tied for 10th overall. Arkansas awaits word of an NCAA Regional Championship selection Monday, April 26. The team will go East (East Carolina), West (Stanford) or Central (Indiana) for a May 6-8 regional.GYMNASTICS (12-10-1, 2-3-1): No. 9 Arkansas is competing in this week’s NCAA Championship on Thursday in Gainesville, Fla. Arkansas is in the NCAA Session II semifinal, which begins at 6 p.m. (central). The Razorbacks compete with No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford and No. 15 Missouri. The first session, which begins at noon, includes No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 10 Utah, No. 11 LSU and No. 12 Nebraska. Arkansas’ rotation is bars, beam, bye, floor, vault and bye. The Razorbacks are in the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in their eight years, the fourth time in five years and the third straight year. The top three teams from each semifinal advance to Friday’s Super Six, also at 6 p.m. The individual event finals are Saturday at 6.SOCCER: Arkansas closed its spring exhibition season with the annual alumni match. Alumni scheduled to participate included Julie Sill, Mary Howard, Katie Grigar, Megan Fawley, Christina Burger, Jessica Ingram, Lindsay Patterson, Holly Rosen, Jackie Booker, Audrey Stone, Morgan McCord, Abbey Wilburn, Sarah Gwisdala, Carrie Dillsaver, Andrea Sparks, Allison Harris, Whitney Allison, Sophie Wentz, Kathleen Paulsen, Kat Moffett and Kim Schleif. SOFTBALL (24-21, 8-11): Arkansas continued a streak of five straight games against SEC opponents ranked in the top 25. The No. 13/15 LSU Tigers swept the Razorbacks in a three-game weekend series in Baton Rouge, La. Arkansas had three hits and lost game one, 4-2. Two early runs failed to be enough in a 3-2 defeat in 10 innings in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. On Sunday, Arkansas had eight hits but stranded runners on base in the first three innings before pushing single runs across the board in the fifth and the sixth, but fell 3-2. During the week, the Razorbacks fell twice at home to No. 18/16 Tennessee. Sandra Smith and Layne McGuirt combined to provide all of Arkansas’ offense as the pair combined to go 5-for-10 (.500) with four RBI and three solo home runs. Arkansas takes a break from conference action with a midweek game against Memphis in Sherwood, Ark., on Wednesday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. The Razorbacks return to SEC play when they welcome No. 5 Alabama for a three-game weekend series at Bogle Park. MEN’S TENNIS (10-15, 1-10): No. 60 Arkansas fell in its final home match of the season on Saturday to No. 55 LSU, 5-2. The Razorbacks swept the doubles matches to win the doubles point and got a win from Matt Hogan at No. 2 singles. Dmitry Lebedev, Bradwin Williams and Taylor King were honored on senior day. Arkansas faces No. 39 Auburn at 9 a.m. on Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament, which is being hosted by the University of Kentucky. WOMEN’S TENNIS (16-8, 6-5): No. 23 Arkansas ended the regular season with a solid 5-2 victory at No. 71 LSU. Arkansas finished second in the SEC’s Western Division. The Razorbacks won doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3, including a win from the team of Claudine Paulson and Stephanie Roy, who clinched the point against Nicole Kantor and Ebie Wilson, 8-4, to take a 1-0 lead into singles. It became a back and forth battle in singles as each team won two singles matches through the first four. Arkansas clinched at court one when junior Anouk Tigu downed Whitney Wolf, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. The Razorbacks now set their sights on the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 seed and play 10th-seeded Auburn in the first round. The match is set for 2 p.m. Thursday and will be played in Athens, Ga. MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 18 Arkansas won the first four events of the dual meet at Texas but was unable to hold on and dropped the meet, 122-76. The Razorbacks picked up wins in the hammer throw, javelin, long jump, 3,000-meter steeplechase and high jump. Senior Alain Bailey won the long jump (26-2.75). In his season debut, his jump ties for No. 1 in the NCAA and is the SEC leader. Freshman Brede Raa Ellingsen won the high jump with a season-best 7-2.25, which ranks No. 12 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the SEC. He also finished second in the triple jump (46-7.5). Sophomore Rick Elliott won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:08.77). Sophomore Andrew Pennington was second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.50) and second in the 400-meter hurdles (53.30). The Razorbacks compete next at the Penn Relays Thursday through Saturday. WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 18 Arkansas took its best middle distance and distance runners to the Mt. SAC Relays Distance Carnival, in Walnut, Calif., this past weekend. In the Olympic Development section of the 1,500 meters, sophomore Kirsten Gillespie finished fifth (4:22.56). Her time is a personal best and ranks fourth in the SEC. Freshman Stephanie Brown finished ninth (4:24.71). Her time is a personal best and ranks sixth in the SEC. Sophomore Cali George finished 10th in the Olympic Development section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:43.25). Her time ranks No. 3 in the SEC. She has cut more than 20 seconds off her PR in the last two weeks. Junior Miranda Walker finished 11th in the invitational section of the 10,000. She clocked an SEC-leading time of 34:58.50. Sophomore Samantha Learch finished 30th in the university/open section of the 5,000. In her first collegiate 5K race, she clocked a time of 17:33.10. The Razorbacks compete next at the Penn Relays Thursday through Saturday.



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