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Razorback Roundup — May 26

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Razorback Roundup — May 26

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPMay 26, 2009BASEBALL (34-22): No. 20 Arkansas went 2-2 at the SEC Tournament last week, getting both wins over East Division champion and ninth-ranked Florida to go 5-0 against the Gators this season. Arkansas’ losses were to Georgia and Vanderbilt. The Razorbacks are headed to Norman, Okla., for the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas is the No. 2 seed and faces third-seeded Washington State. No. 1 seed and host Oklahoma faces fourth-seeded Wichita State in the other first-round game. The regional runs Thursday through Sunday or Monday. The Razorbacks are in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season. FOOTBALL: Head coach Bobby Petrino is attending the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla. Summer school classes have started for UA football players.MEN’S GOLF: The 10th-ranked Razorbacks continue post-season action Tuesday at the 2009 NCAA Championship at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Razorbacks open with 54 holes of stroke play before the 30-team field is cut to eight. The remaining eight teams square off in match play (new for 2009) to determine the team title. It is the final collegiate event for the team this year and play continues through Saturday. Arkansas finished second of 13 teams at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship in Stillwater, Okla., to advance to the finals. WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Senior Stephanie Carr was named to the first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team. This is Carr’s second all-district honor.MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: The No. 4 Razorbacks compete at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships Saturday and Sunday at the University of Louisville. The Razorbacks have qualified 15 student-athletes in 10 events plus the 4×100-meter relay. J-Mee Samuels (100 and 200 meters), Alain Bailey (high and long jumps) and Tarik Batchelor (long and triple jumps) are competing in two individual events. Samuels also runs on the 4×100-meter relay. The top-five finishers in each event earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Championships. When the SEC post-season awards were announced, Bailey was named the Field Athlete of the Year, Batchelor was named the Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, Dorian Ulrey was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Chris Bucknam was named the Coach of the Year.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: The No. 22 Razorbacks compete at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships Saturday and Sunday at the University of Louisville. The Razorbacks have qualified 14 student-athletes in nine events plus the 4×400-meter relay. The top-five finishers in each event earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Championships. When the SEC post-season awards were announced, Catherine White was named the Runner of the Year and Katie Stripling was named the co-Field Athlete of the Year.MEN’S TENNIS: No. 15-ranked Blake Strode became only the third Razorback in Arkansas history to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship last weekend. During his run, Strode upset No.-2 ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov in the round of 16 with a comeback win, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2. In the semifinals on Sunday, Strode was eliminated, 7-6(9), 6-4 by Ole Miss’ Devin Britton. A standout in his career at Arkansas, Strode is a three-time All-SEC honoree and the runner-up for the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Strode will play professional tennis for the next year before attending Harvard Law School. In honor of his academic achievements, Strode was named to the first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team last week. It is his third all-district honor.WOMEN’S TENNIS: No. 2-ranked Aurelija Miseviciute advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship last week. Miseviciute did not drop a set in her first three matches of the tournament before being eliminated by Duke’s Mallory Cecil, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday. Miseviciute ends her career at Arkansas as the winningest tennis player in school history holding two ITA National Indoor Champion titles. Miseviciute is a two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC honoree.OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.



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