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Razorback Roundup — Oct. 12

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — Oct. 12

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPOct. 12, 2009BASEBALL: The Razorbacks close out the fall workout season with their annual Cardinal-White series beginning on Friday at Baum Stadium. Playing a best-of-five series, the first three games will be played Friday through Sunday with the final two games played Oct. 21-22, if necessary. Arkansas begins the 2010 season at home with a three-game series against Ball State beginning Feb. 19. This season, the Razorbacks will play 35 of their 56 scheduled games at Baum Stadium. Arkansas also plays in Little Rock at Dickey-Stephens Park in a May 11 matchup with Louisiana Tech.MEN’S BASKETBALL: Head coach John Pelphrey is speaking at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club in Rogers, Ark., on Tuesday evening to preview the 2009-10 season, which gets started on Friday with the first practice of the year. Last Friday night, Pelphrey delivered 10 pizzas to students camping outside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the Auburn football game.MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Men’s and women’s cross country did not race this weekend. They will compete next when they host the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday at Agri Park in Fayetteville. The men’s 10K race begins at 9:45 a.m. and the women’s 5K race starts at 10:30 a.m. The Chile Pepper Festival Media Luncheon is Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Agri Park.FOOTBALL (3-2, 1-2): Arkansas makes its fifth-straight appearance on national television as the Razorbacks travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on No. 1 Florida on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. The Arkansas passing offense ranks as the best in the SEC while the UF pass defense tops the league. In its history, UA has four wins over No. 1 ranked teams and two have come on Oct. 17. MEN’S GOLF: David Lingmerth led the Razorbacks to a third-place finish at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind. Lingmerth tied for second overall with a four-over-par 214 (73-70-71). Ethan Tracy finished second for Arkansas and tied for 21st overall followed by Jamie Marshall (T28), Josh Eure (T40) and Ty Spinella (T47). As a team, Arkansas shot 878 (295-297-286), eight strokes off the pace of host Notre Dame, which won the event with an 870. The Hogs are back on the course on Monday at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala.WOMEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks hit the road for the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Classic this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. The 18-team event takes place at Fox Den Country Club and has been a staple in the Razorback schedule for seven seasons. It is the third of four fall events for the women’s team.SWIMMING AND DIVING: The Razorbacks open the regular season with a double-dual meet at Kentucky against the Wildcats and the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday. Returning All-Americas Yi-Ting Siow, Jamie Marks and Leah Pierce look to lead the team this season.SOCCER (7-3-4, 1-3-1): Junior keeper Britni Williams extended her school record of shutouts to 21 with Friday’s 2-0 victory at Vanderbilt and Sunday’s 0-0 double-overtime tie at Kentucky. Williams also moved into sole possession of second place on the school’s career victories list with 25 and sixth with 224 career saves. With the win at Vanderbilt and the tie at UK, Arkansas improved to 4-1-4 on the road this year while handing the Commodores just their second home loss in nine games. Freshman Allie Chandler scored her team-leading fifth goal at Vanderbilt. Sophomore Chelsea Tidwell recorded her first career assist at Vanderbilt with a pass to Sophie Wentz, who scored her eighth career goal. Arkansas has four ties this year with all four coming on the road. The Razorbacks are home for two games this week, playing host to Mississippi State on Friday and Ole Miss on Sunday.SOFTBALL: Arkansas completed its fall season with a doubleheader sweep of Crowder College last Wednesday at Bogle Park. Senior Sandra Smith’s two home runs led the Razorbacks to a 7-0 victory in game one followed by a 3-1 win in game two, which was called after five innings due to rain and lighting in the Fayetteville area.MEN’S TENNIS: The Razorbacks host the Razorback Invitational Friday through Sunday. Players from Oklahoma, Tulsa, Tyler Junior College, UMKC, Oklahoma State and South Dakota are participating. Seniors Taylor King and Bradwin Williams, junior Nick Spinazze and sophomore Nikolas Zogaj will represent Arkansas. The team had a nice run at the D’ Novo/ITA Men’s All-American Championships held in Tulsa, Okla. The doubles team of senior Dmitry Lebedev and junior Chris Nott, ranked No. 43, finished 4-1. They defeated opponents from Hawaii, Minnesota, Middle Tennessee State and USC-Upstate before falling in the round of 16 to the No. 13—ranked team in the nation. In singles, the Razorback had four players compete including Mike Ward, Matt Hogan, Nott and Lebedev. Lebedev won three matches in the prequalifying round, advancing to join teammates Matt Hogan and Nott in the singles-qualifying round. WOMEN’S TENNIS: Junior Anouk Tigu won her first-round match in the qualifying draw at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Tigu defeated Alabama’s Courtney McLane, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, before falling to SMU’s Marta Lesniak in her second-round match. The Razorbacks return to action Oct. 21-25 at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Norman, Okla.VOLLEYBALL (10-9, 4-4): The Razorbacks completed a sweep of their weekend matches with wins over Alabama and Mississippi State at Barnhill Arena. In Friday’s contest, Arkansas rallied from a six-point deficit in the fifth set to upend the Crimson Tide, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25, 28-26, 24-22. The Razorbacks saved three match points and closed out the win on their eighth match point in front of 1,034 fans, the largest home crowd this season. The freshman duo of Jasmine Norton and Kendall Cleveland led the offensive charge with 21 and 12 kills, respectively. Lindsay Scanlan recorded a career-high 60 assists in the victory. In the weekend finale, Arkansas defeated Mississippi State, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, behind a fourth consecutive double-double performance from Norton with 21 kills and 14 digs. In the win, Cleveland and Amanda Anderson each tallied 14 kills. Arkansas hit .354 against the Bulldogs, its highest hitting percentage in an SEC match this season. This week, the Razorbacks will host Ole Miss on Wednesday in a midweek match at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for an Oct. 16 matchup with LSU.OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.



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