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Razorback Roundup — May 17

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — May 17

CAREER SPORTS FORUM: Razorback student-athletes Jeff Peterson (men’s basketball), Phoebe Bautista (volleyball) and Camille Flores (soccer) were selected to attend the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis last week.BASEBALL (38-14, 16-11): The Razorbacks opened the week with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings over Louisiana Tech Tuesday at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Arkansas pounded out 12 hits, including Andy Wilkins’ game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th. The game was sold out and 9,462 fans were in attendance as the Hogs played in Central Arkansas for the first time since 1986. In a weekend matchup of two of the top three pitching staffs in the SEC, Arkansas was swept at home by South Carolina. In the opener, Wilkins and Zack Cox each tallied an RBI, but the Gamecocks came away with a 3-2 victory. South Carolina’s Sam Dyson pitched a complete-game shutout in game two and his team won, 5-0. Cox hit his 69th single of the season, breaking the program’s single-season record. In the series finale, the Razorbacks led 3-2 after home runs by Brett Eibner and Collin Kuhn, but the visitors rallied for three runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a 5-3 win. Cox was 2-for-3 and moved into the single-season top 10 hits list at Arkansas. He is currently tied for seventh with 91 hits. The school record is 97 (Matt Erickson, 1996). Cox is the first Razorback with 90 hits in a season since 1997. Prior to Sunday’s ballgame, the Hogs’ regular-season home finale, Arkansas honored six players–Mike Bolsinger, T.J. Forrest, Tom Hauskey, Jeremy Heatley, Christian Kowalchuk and Scott Limbocker–in the annual Senior Day pregame ceremony. The Razorbacks return to action Tuesday when they travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners at Mitchell Park. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Arkansas closes the 2010 regular season with a three-game series at Vanderbilt beginning Thursday. Games one and two are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start with the first pitch of the finale set for 2 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised by SportSouth, but will also be carried by Fox Sports Southwest.MEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks head to the NCAA Atlanta Regional on Tuesday with a practice round scheduled for Wednesday and the 54-hole competition beginning on Thursday. Arkansas is the No. 5 seed at the regional and needs to finish among the top five teams in order to earn a return trip to the NCAA Championship where it finished second a year ago. Senior David Lingmerth leads the team with a 71.41 stroke average and has 10 top 10 finishes in 12 competitions this season. Competition on the Crabapple Course at the Capital City Golf Club begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday.SOFTBALL (28-29, 10-18): The No. 8-seeded Razorbacks dropped a 9-0 decision to No. 1 seed Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament at Bogle Park on Thursday. The loss likely ends the 2010 season for Arkansas, which has an overall record of 28-29, including a pair of victories over No. 9 Georgia. Crimson Tide starting pitcher Kelsie Dunne shutout the Razorbacks on two hits through five innings. The junior struck out eight with four walks. The Razorbacks left six runners on base during the game, including at least one in every inning. Center fielder Jessica Bachkora and first baseman Layne McGuirt accounted for the only Arkansas hits. Razorback starter Hope McLemore (14-13) allowed five runs on seven hits through 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks.WOMEN’S TENNIS (18-10, 6-5): The No. 24 Razorbacks competed in the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, advancing to the second round. Their first round opponent was No. 42 Oklahoma, which hosted the regional. The Hogs won a close doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. That point turned out to be a big one as both teams traded points in singles before Arkansas won the match at court three when Emily Carbone defeated Maria Kalashnikova, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, giving the Razorbacks a 4-2 victory. The team advanced to the second round to face No. 16 Texas. Arkansas lost a close doubles point and couldn’t recover as it lost three straight singles matches in a 4-0 loss. The loss kept the Hogs just short of reaching the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. The Razorbacks now turn their sights to individual competition as their No. 1 player, Anouk Tigu, begins competition in the NCAA Singles Championships. Tournament competition is May 26-31 at the Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 25 Arkansas picked up an individual title in the long jump (Alain Bailey), a runner-up finish in the high jump (Brede Raa Ellingsen) and a bronze finish in the 5,000 meters (Eric Fernandez) at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Florida won the team race with 124 points, LSU was second with 100 and South Carolina third with 89. The Razorbacks finished seventh with 64 points. Bailey won his third straight SEC Outdoor long jump title. His winning jump (27-4.75) is the current 2010 world, NCAA and SEC leader. He won his sixth career SEC title (indoor/outdoor; long and high jump). Bailey took the title on his final jump. Florida’s Christian Taylor, sitting in second heading into the final round of jumps, took the lead, jumping right before Bailey, with a personal-best leap of 26-10.5. Bailey answered with his own personal best.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Propelled by two individual titles and two runner-up finishes, No. 11 Arkansas finished third at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday. LSU won with 132 points, Florida was second with 107.5 and Arkansas third with 98.5. The Hogs won individual event titles in the 4×400-meter relay and the pole vault (Tina Sutej), and picked up runner-up finishes in the 400 meters (Shelise Williams) and the pole vault (Janice Keppler). The Razorbacks won the final running event, the 4×400-meter relay, to sweep the SEC indoor and outdoor titles in the event. The quartet of sophomore Whitney Jones, Williams, senior Karen Thomas and freshman Regina George clocked a season-best and NCAA-leading time of 3:31.05. Sutej won the pole vault (13-9.75) to sweep the SEC indoor and outdoor titles, and she led a 1-2-3 finish for Arkansas in the event. Senior Janice Keppler finished second on misses with a personal-best clearance (13-9.75). Senior Katie Stripling finished tied for third (13-6.5).



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