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Razorback Roundup — June 1

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Razorback Roundup — June 1

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPJune 1, 2009BASEBALL (37-22): No. 21 Arkansas has advanced to an NCAA Super Regional against Florida State this week after winning the Norman, Okla., Regional over the weekend. The Super Regional begins Friday or Saturday. The Razorbacks advanced with wins over No. 24 Washington State, 10-3, and No. 9 Oklahoma, 17-6 and 11-0. Six Hogs earned all-regional honors – James McCann, Ben Tschepikow, Zack Cox, Andy Wilkins, Drew Smyly and Chase Leavitt. Wilkins was named the region’s Most Outstanding Player after going 12-of-16 to hit .750 with five doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.438 slugging percentage. He raised his season batting average 35 points to .329. As a team, Arkansas hit .378 in the three games while holding its opponents to a .219 average. In Sunday’s championship game, the 11-0 win over OU, Smyly had a no-hitter through 8 1/3 innings while facing the minimum of 25 batters. He left the game to a standing ovation after allowing an infield single. MEN’S BASKETBALL: Head coach John Pelphrey announced guard Jeff Peterson is transferring to the Razorbacks from the University of Iowa, where he started 25 games this year as a sophomore. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals, and was 24th in the Big Ten in scoring, seventh in assists, seventh in free throw percentage (.825), 13th in steals and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34). He must sit out the 2009-10 season but will have two years remaining beginning in 2010-11.FOOTBALL: Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams spent the majority of last week in Orlando, Fla., as one of 600 collegians at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference at Disney World. In addition, Williams, running back Michael Smith and defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard were named to the 63rd annual Birmingham News 2009 Preseason All-SEC First Team. The team is voted on by SEC sports information directors. MEN’S GOLF: The 10th-ranked Razorbacks posted a program-best runner-up finish at the 2009 NCAA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio, this past weekend. The Razorbacks finished tied for third after three rounds of stroke play. They opened match play with wins over Washington and Georgia, reaching the finals with Texas A&M. It was a thrilling contest that came down to the final golfer on the last hole before Texas A&M edged Arkansas 3 & 2 to conclude the season.WOMEN’S GOLF: Former Razorback women’s golfer Lucy Nunn has turned professional and begins her career on the Duramed FUTURES Tour Wednesday and Thursday at the Titan Tire Challenge at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa. Her professional career can be followed at LPGA.com.MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Arkansas won the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Louisville’s Cardinal Park on Saturday. The Razorbacks picked up four individual titles from Chris Bilbrew (800 meters), Dorian Ulrey (1,500 meters), Alain Bailey (long jump) and Nkosinza Balumbu (triple jump). In the team race, Arkansas won its third NCAA Mideast Regional title and its first since the 2005 season. The Razorbacks topped LSU, 90-83. Kentucky finished third with 46 points. Arkansas automatically qualified seven student-athletes for the NCAA Championships in addition to Friday’s four auto qualifiers. Arkansas also has a chance to add four entries using at-large bids.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Arkansas automatically qualified five student-athletes for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Louisville’s Cardinal Park this past weekend. The Razorbacks automatically qualified two student-athletes (Jillian Rosen and Shelise Williams) for the NCAA Championships on Saturday, in addition to Friday’s three auto qualifiers (Denise Bargiachi, Katie Stripling and Jancie Keppler). Arkansas also has a chance to add five entries using at-large bids. In the team race, Arkansas finished seventh with 33 points. LSU won with 85.5 points. Tennessee was second with 69 points and Michigan rounded out the top three with 48 points.MEN’S TENNIS: Blake Strode earned his first ITA All-America honor last week and finished the season ranked No. 13 by the ITA, tying his highest ranking of his career.WOMEN’S TENNIS: Senior Aurelija Miseviciute (41-5) was ranked No. 3 in the year end rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association last week. Miseviciute also was named to her second ITA All-America team.



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