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Razorback Roundup — Oct. 26

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — Oct. 26

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPOct. 26, 2009BASEBALL: The Razorbacks concluded off-season workouts with the annual Fall World Series, won by the Black team in four games, 3-1. The Cardinal team won game two to avoid a sweep, but the Black team secured the series with a 9-3 win on Wednesday. Freshman Derrick Bleeker had a pair of hits and three RBI for the Black team while Kyle Robison added two RBI. Bleeker finished the fall series with three home runs. Jason Fuqua pitched six solid innings to pick up the victory in the clincher. Arkansas begins its 2010 season with a three-game series against Ball State at Baum Stadium Feb. 19-21. The Razorbacks play their first seven games at home.MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Razorbacks played their annual Red-White game Friday night and in a highly competitive, yet fun, contest. The White team was triumphant, 35-26. Led by the tandem of Mike Washington and Courtney Fortson, who combined for 27 points and seven rebounds, White took a two-point game at the half and dominated the second for the victory. Freshman Marshawn Powell was the leading scorer and rebounder in the contest with 19 points and six rebounds. The Razorbacks continue practices until their first exhibition game against Dillard on Monday, Nov. 2, at Bud Walton Arena.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Sophomores Lyndsay Harris and Ashley Daniels paced their respective teams at the annual Red-White scrimmage in Bud Walton Arena Friday. Harris dropped in 12 points and had two boards, leading the White team to the 24-20 win. Daniels scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds for the Red squad. Senior Ashley McCray led all players with 10 rebounds. The Razorbacks host an exhibition contest with Northeastern State Nov. 4 in the final tune-up before the season opener. Arkansas travels to Hot Springs, Ark., facing Alcorn State in the first event of the season.MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Men’s and women’s cross country will compete next at the 2009 SEC Cross Country Championships Saturday in Oxford, Miss. The men’s 8K race will start at 10 a.m. with the women’s 6K race following at 11 a.m. The women’s squad is led by junior Miranda Walker with two meet titles in 2009 under her belt. The men’s squad is led by junior Dorian Ulrey, owner of the SEC’s fastest 10K time.FOOTBALL (3-4, 1-4): After playing four of the last five games away from Fayetteville, Arkansas returns to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for its Homecoming contest against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game against Eastern Michigan will be the 88th Homecoming game in school history. The Razorbacks are 51-32-4 in the previous 87 Homecoming games. Arkansas has won its last three Homecoming games, including a 30-23 victory over then-No. 19 Tulsa last year. MEN’S GOLF: The No. 14 Razorbacks conclude their fall season Monday and Tuesday at the Baylor Intercollegiate at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas. Head coach Brad McMakin and his Razorbacks hope to improve upon their rain-shortened outing at the Jerry Pate Invitational and enter the winter break on a high note. David Lingmerth, Ethan Tracy, Austin Cook, Jamie Marshall and Josh Eure begin their competition on the front nine at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with a shotgun start.WOMEN’S GOLF: Arkansas tees it up for the final fall event Monday-Wednesday at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The event is the fourth of the fall and the Razorbacks are looking forward to the return to the golf course this week. Senior Kelli Shean leads Arkansas in the No. 1 spot again this week. Shean leads the Razorbacks with the lowest stroke average through the first three events and picked up her first collegiate win in Manhattan, Kan., three weeks ago. Shean is joined by Corinna Rees, Katy Nugent, Alex Schulte and Kristin Ingram for this week’s event. The three-day event takes place at Boulder Creek Golf Club just outside Las Vegas. The 16-team field includes No. 14 Florida, No. 19 Louisville and No. 22 Arizona. The rest of the field includes BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho, Kent State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, TCU, Texas Tech, UC-Davis, Washington and two teams from UNLV.SWIMMING AND DIVING (3-1, 1-1): Senior Yi-Ting Siow picked up victories in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200y breaststroke and 400y individual medley to lead the Razorbacks to a split in their double-dual meet against Florida and Kansas on Saturday at Arkansas Natatorium. Ten first-place finishes carried the Hogs to a 196-112 victory over Kansas but six first-place finishes against Florida were not enough as the Gators defeated Arkansas 175-133.The Razorbacks return to action Nov. 6 when they host another SEC opponent in Vanderbilt at Arkansas Natatorium at 4 p.m.SOCCER (8-6-4, 2-6-2): Arkansas closes the regular season on Friday with the home game against No. 17 LSU. Four Razorback seniors will be honored prior to the game – Kat Moffett, Kathleen Paulsen, Kim Schleif and Sophie Wentz. Sunday’s game against No. 12 Florida marked the school-record third straight for the Razorbacks against a ranked opponent following contests against No. 21 Ole Miss and at No. 10 South Carolina. If Arkansas finishes at .500 or better this year, it will give the Razorbacks, who were 11-8 a year ago, consecutive non-losing seasons for the first time since 1992 (8-8-1) and 1993 (10-10-0). Keeper Britni Williams is Arkansas’ all-time leader with 22 shutouts and she’s second with 26 victories. Arkansas has recorded a school-record 10 shutouts this season, including a school-record four in SEC play.WOMEN’S TENNIS: Arkansas faced tough competition on the final day at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Kate Lukomskaya fell in the singles final, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, to No. 3 seed Ana-Maria Constantinescu from Oklahoma. The tandem of Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson suffered the same fate in the doubles final as they lost 9-7 to OU’s Constantinescu and Teona Tsertsvadze. Arkansas has concluded its fall schedule and will begin team competition Jan. 23 against Oklahoma State and St. Louis at George M. Billingsley Tennis Center and Dills Indoor Stadium.MEN’S TENNIS: The men’s tennis team concluded a strong finish Sunday at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The Razorback’s finished 22-15 in both singles and doubles. The Hogs had seven players compete in the main draw, including Chris Nott, Mike Ward, Matt Hogan, Matt Walters, Dmitry Lebedev, Bradwin Williams and Taylor King. Nott won four straight matches with wins over Nebraska’s David Bendheim, 7-5 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Nott fell in the semifinals to the top seed and No.1 ranked player, Oleksander Nedovyesov of OSU. In doubles, the No. 43-ranked team of Dmitry Lebedev and Nott advanced to the semifinals before falling to the tournament’s top seed and No. 20- ranked Nedovyesov and Aleksey Bessonov of OSU, 8-6. The Razorbacks resume play this weekend at the UNLV College Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Walters, Williams, Lebedev and Nikolas Zogaj are scheduled to compete. VOLLEYBALL (11-12, 5-7): The Razorbacks opened the second half of conference play by splitting road matches at No. 10 Florida and South Carolina. Arkansas dropped a straight-set decision, 25-12, 25-18, 25-16, to the Gators. Jasmine Norton led the team with 11 kills. Fortunes turned for Arkansas in a 3-1 victory, 25-16, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20, at South Carolina to close the weekend. Norton totaled a career-high 25 kills and hit .340 in the four-set win. Teammates Kelli Stipanovich and Kristin Seaton added 14 and 11 kills, respectively, and setter Lindsay Scanlan dished out 49 assists. She added 10 digs to complete her third double-double of the season. The Razorbacks hit .383 against the Gamecocks, their highest hitting percentage of the conference season. All five primary attackers hit at least .340. The next three matches are at home, beginning Friday with No. 7 Kentucky in Barnhill Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks host Tennessee in the Nov. 1 weekend finale at 12:30 p.m.OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.



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