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Razorback Roundup — May 10

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Razorback Roundup — May 10

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPMay 10, 2010BASEBALL (37-11, 16-8): The 10th-ranked Razorbacks took two of three at No. 11 Ole Miss this past weekend. Arkansas exploded for 10 runs over the final three innings of Friday’s opener and came away with an 11-4 victory. The Hogs tallied three home runs–Brett Eibner, Tim Carver and Travis Sample–and Drew Smyly won his sixth consecutive start to improve to 8-0. Jordan Pratt closed the game to earn his first save. Ole Miss responded in game two and earned a 3-2 victory. Zack Cox was 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season. With his base hit in the sixth inning, Cox tied the program’s single-season record (with Matt Erickson, 1996) with his 68th single of the year. In the ninth, Tom Hauskey hit his first career home run, a solo shot. Arkansas rode a career outing from Mike Bolsinger to defeat Ole Miss 7-0 in Sunday’s finale. Bolsinger tossed a career-best eight innings and tallied 11 strikeouts, also a career high. Andy Wilkins had three hits, including the 40th home run of his career, the fourth-most in program history. The shutout was Arkansas’ second of the season and first in conference play since Eibner’s complete-game shutout at Georgia last April 19. The Razorbacks moved back into sole possession of first place in the SEC’s Western Division and clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament. Cox (first team) and James McCann (second team) were named 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 performers. Cox and Eibner were part of the updated, 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List while Smyly and Carver were also announced as quarterfinalists for the Pitcher of the Year and Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year awards, respectively, by the College Baseball Foundation. The Razorbacks return to the field Tuesday to take on Louisiana Tech at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock at 7 p.m. It will be the program’s first trip to Central Arkansas since the 1986 season. Arkansas returns to Fayetteville for a weekend matchup with top-10 South Carolina. The Razorbacks trail South Carolina and Florida by one game for the overall conference title with six league games to play. The three-game series will be the regular-season finale for the Hogs at Baum Stadium.MEN’S GOLF: After nearly a month off from competition, the Razorbacks should learn the location of their next tournament, the NCAA Regional Championship, on Monday (today). There are six potential regional sites which Arkansas could be sent, including Alpharetta, Ga.; South Bend, Ind.; San Diego, Calif.; College Station, Texas; Bremerton, Wash.; and New Haven, Conn.WOMEN’S GOLF: No. 35 Arkansas concluded the 2010 season with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday. Three seniors, Kristin Ingram, Tiffany Phelps and Alex Schulte, concluded their careers at Arkansas.SOFTBALL (28-28, 10-18): Arkansas is hosting this week’s SEC Softball Tournament at Bogle Park. Thursday’s schedule includes No. 3 seed LSU vs. No. 6 Kentucky at 11 a.m., No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 Auburn at 1:30, No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 5 Tennessee at 4 and No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Arkansas at 6:30. Friday’s semifinals are at 2 p.m. and 4:30. Saturday’s championship game is at 6:30.Arkansas fell in a three-game sweep at Auburn over the weekend. On Saturday, Auburn’s Lisndey Harrelson hit a two-out pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning of game one while Kyndall White led off the eighth with a solo shot to win the day’s second game for the Tigers. Despite allowing only three hits, Arkansas dropped the series finale, 2-1. The two teams combined for five hits and all the scoring was done in the first inning. The Razorbacks locked up the eighth seed in this week’s SEC Tournament at Bogle Park after two loses each by Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This is the first appearance in the SEC Tournament for Arkansas (28-28, 10-18 SEC) under head coach Mike Larabee and the program’s eighth trip to the league tournament. Arkansas plays the final game on Thursday’s opening day of the tournament. The Razorbacks take on No. 1 seed Alabama in the nightcap at 6:30 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS (10-16, 1-10): Arkansas had three student-athletes graduate in Saturday’s ceremonies. In 23 years at Arkansas, head coach Robert Cox has had a perfect record of student-athletes graduating under his guidance. Taylor King and Bradwin Williams both graduated from the Fulbright College of Arts & Science with a degree in communication, and Dmitry Lebedev earned a degree in economics from the Sam Walton College of Business. The NCAA announced its selection of 64 for the individual tournament to be held in Athens, Ga., and Arkansas’ Chris Nott, ranked No. 67, was named to the alternate list with the possibility to compete May 26-31.WOMEN’S TENNIS (17-9, 6-5): No. 24 Arkansas is in the NCAA Tournament, playing at No. 42 Oklahoma on Friday at 2 p.m. The winner of that match plays the winner between Texas and Wichita State on Saturday. Junior Anouk Tigu is one of 64 student-athletes selected for the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga., May 26-31. The first-team All-SEC pick is ranked No. 29 in the nation. Last year, former Razorback Aurelija Miseviciute advanced to the quarterfinals. MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 25 Arkansas begins the championship portion of the 2010 outdoor season with the SEC Championships Thursday through Sunday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The 2010 SEC Championships air on ESPNU May 25 at 8 p.m. On the track this weekend, Arkansas is in the hunt for its 25th conference outdoor team title, its 16th SEC outdoor team title, its 95th conference team title overall (cross country, indoor and outdoor) and its 50th SEC team title overall (cross country, indoor and outdoor). Last week, senior Alain Bailey was named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week and Caleb Cross the SEC Freshman of the Week for their performances at the April 30 Arkansas Twilight.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 13 Arkansas begins the championship portion of the 2010 outdoor season with the SEC Championships Thursday through Sunday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The 2010 SEC Championships air on ESPNU May 25 at 8 p.m. With a fourth-place finish in the team race at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships, the Razorbacks have steadily held a top-seven spot in the SEC’s final standings. In the 10-year stretch from 1999-2009, Arkansas has won three SEC titles, earned three runner-up finishes and placed third once. Last week, freshman Regina George was named the SEC Runner of the Week, senior Katie Stripling the SEC Field Athlete of the Week and Stephanie Brown the SEC Freshman of the Week for their performances at the April 30 Arkansas Twilight.



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