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The Daily Call – Feb. 16, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Feb. 16, 2014

We close out a busy weekend in Fayetteville today with another full slate! Today’s Daily Call catches you up on what you may have missed and gets you ready for today’s action!

Late Surge Sends @RazorbackMBB Past LSUPlaying in front of nearly 30 members from the program’s six Final Four teams and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, the Arkansas men’s basketball team used a 12-2 run late in the second half and a 10-for-17 performance from three-point land to defeat LSU, 81-70, in front of a crowd of 18,904 on Saturday inside a raucous Bud Walton Arena. There were plenty of Hog Calls all night, as nearly 30 members of the program’s six Final Four teams were recognized at halftime. Former President Bill Clinton was presented a No. 42 jersey by Arkansas’ all-time winningest head coach Nolan Richardson, as both addressed the crowd to finish off the ceremony. The Arkansas Department of Athletics also announced it will hang banners in 2014-15, commemorating Richardson and 1994 Final Four MVP Corliss Williamson’s No. 34 jersey.

Great photo of @MikeAndersonUA, @Mr_WALKONAIR and @billclinton celebrating today’s win over LSU! pic.twitter.com/ZafkcDkuX6

– Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) February 16, 2014

@RazorbackBSB Blasts Past Appalachian StateThe No. 25 Arkansas baseball team defeated Appalachian State 7-6 in game two of its three-game series yesterday at Baum Stadium. Junior Chris Oliver (1-0) picked up the victory on the mound. The Farmington, Ark., native struck out five, allowed one hit and one earned run in five innings of work. Fellow junior Michael Gunn threw the final 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two to earn the save. Arkansas’ offense was led by junior second baseman Brian Anderson, who was 3-for-5 at the plate, scored two runs and added his first stolen base of the season. Click here for the full game recap and statistics. The season-opening series concludes Sunday at 1:05 p.m. in Baum Stadium. Click here to order tickets.

@RazorbackSB Goes for 5-0 Weekend vs. UMKC at #BogleParkThe Arkansas softball team is enjoying its home-opening weekend to the tune of four-consecutive wins with an opportunity for a fifth Sunday at noon (CT) against UMKC at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 34-2 over the first three days of the tournament and are now a combined 19-1 all-time against the teams in the Arkansas Invitational field: Butler (4-0), Jackson State (5-0), St. John’s (2-0) and Sunday’s opponent UMKC (8-1). In their most recent outing, the Razorbacks capped a 10-0 win over the Red Storm with a walk-off home run from sophomore Claire Clark. With the win, Arkansas improved to 6-3 on the season. Season tickets (bit.ly/1hWLW4I) and Bogle Park suite rentals (bit.ly/1fnObYR) are still available for the 2014 season.

@RazorbackWTEN Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule TodayThe No. 44 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team (5-2, 0-0 SEC) wraps up non-conference play today hosting No. 30 Purdue at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. The Razorbacks most recently suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 24 Oklahoma on Friday, but saw Kimberley – Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley upset a Sooners doubles pairing that ranked No. 31 in the country. Arkansas looks to build off the lessons and improvements made on Friday to try for another win over a ranked opponent this season. So far, the Razorbacks have earned four RPI wins, including two over ranked opponents. Arkansas has faced current, nationally-ranked opponents in eight of its first nine dual matches this season. That continues today against No. 30 Purdue. Come out, support and cheer #GoHOGS!

@RazorbackWGolf Opens Spring Season TodayThe No. 8 @RazorbackWGolf team opens the spring season at the Lady Puerto Rico Challenge in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, Sunday-Tuesday. Head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor traveled six players to the event headlined by seniors Emily Tubert and Emma Lavy. Sophomores Regina Plasencia and Gaby Lopez along with freshman Summar Roachell make up the counting five with redshirt freshman Kayli Quinton competing as an individual this weekend. Plasencia leads the team as the top-ranked women’s golfer in the SEC following the fall season with a 70.91 stroke average. Lopez is nipping on her heels and begins the fall as the third-ranked player in the SEC with a 71.18 stroke average. Other teams in this year’s field include No. 7 Alabama, No. 29 Auburn, Augusta State, No. 53 Georgia, No. 22 Iowa State, No. 25 Kent State, No. 117 Michigan, No. 81 Missouri, No. 15 North Carolina State, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 66 Purdue, No. 43 TCU, No. 67 Tennessee and No. 59 Texas Tech. Fans can follow the team through live stats on http://www.Golfstat.com.

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