RAZORBACK ROUNDUPJune 14, 2010
RAZORBACK RELIEF — June 25-26 — Do you part to help the Razorbacks create 2 million meals for Haiti.
BASEBALL (43-21): The 15th-ranked Razorbacks closed their season with a pair of extra-inning losses to No. 1 Arizona State in the 2010 NCAA Tempe Super Regional. Arkansas dropped a 7-6 decision to the top-ranked Sun Devils in the opener. Despite the loss, sophomore Bo Bigham tied his career high with four hits. In Sunday’s contest, the Razorbacks rallied from an early four-run deficit to tie with junior Brett Eibner’s two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Eibner finished the season with 22 home runs, tied for the second-highest total in program history. In relief work, freshman DJ Baxendale logged a career-high 6.1 innings, allowing just one run. Arizona State went on to capture game two, 7-5. Both games of the Tempe Super Regional were extended to 12 innings. It is the first time in school history the Razorbacks have played in back-to-back Super Regional series since the system was adopted in 1999. The Hogs were one of five Southeastern Conference teams playing in a Super Regional. Arkansas finished the season with 43 win and its first back-to-back seasons with at least 40 wins since 1990 and 1991. During the 2010 season, the Razorbacks hit a program-record 92 home runs, besting the previous mark of 84 long balls in 1999. Zack Cox finished the season with a .429 batting average and 102 hits, both Arkansas records. The previous marks were .425 (Jeremy Jackson, 1997) and 97 hits (Matt Erickson, 1997). For the first time since 1990, the Razorbacks finished the season with a batting average over .300 (.306) and an ERA under 4.00 (3.93). MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Arkansas was represented by five student-athletes in three events. Junior LaShawn Butler ran the 200 meters, sophomore Tarik Batchelor competed in the long jump and freshman Caleb Cross, freshman Hunter Bourke, Butler and freshman Cobi Hamilton competed in the 4×100-meter relay. Arkansas did not score any points in the team race. Select members of the team will compete next at the USA Championships June 24-27.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Arkansas finished 15th in the team standings with 17 points. The Razorbacks earned seven All-America honors from five student-athletes in three events. The 4×400-meter relay picked up a fifth-place finish and All-America status. Sophomore Whitney Jones, junior Shelise Williams, senior Karen Thomas and freshman Regina George combined for a time of 3:31.17. Williams and George earned their second All-America honors of the event. Individually, sophomore Tina Sutej earned a runner-up finish in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 14-5.25. Williams finished fifth in the open 400 meters and George was eighth. Select members of the team will compete next at the USA Championships June 24-27.