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The Daily Call – Feb. 20, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Feb. 20, 2014
The Arkansas baseball team continues its season-opening 10-game home stand in #BaumStadium this weekend. Freshman center fielder Andrew Benintendi looks back at his first weekend as a Razorback and forward to this weekend’s series against Eastern Illinois. Game times are set for 3:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.
What did you take away from your first weekend?

“It was unbelievable coming in here and playing in front of thousands of people. It is a lot different than what I have done in the past. Coming out and winning three games against a good team is a path in the right direction for our team.”

What did you think about the Razorback fans, who have Arkansas ranked No. 2 in the nation in average attendance after opening weekend?

“They do a great job of supporting our teams for every sport. They have our backs and always cheer for us. It’s a big advantage for us at home, and we go out there and try to win for them.”

How do you think you performed as the team’s leadoff hitter?

“My job as leadoff man is to see pitches and get on base any way I can. I didn’t have a hit last weekend, but I got hit (by pitches) three times and walked a couple more times. My job is to get on base and it doesn’t matter how I do it. My job is to score runs and let the older and bigger guys drive me in.”

What are you looking forward to about this weekend’s series?

“In our meeting after the game we were told they have two studs on the mound, and that is going to be a challenge for us. We are going to take the week to prepare and hopefully we can come out on Friday and beat them.”

@RazorbackMBB Held Off South CarolinaBehind a 20-point night from sophomoreMichael Qualls(@Mr_WalkOnAir) and a double-double by seniorCoty Clarke(@CTC_4), the Arkansas men’s basketball team fought off a second half charge by South Carolina for a 71-64 win on Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena.

Razorbacks improve to 17-9 (6-7 in SEC) with tonight’s win. Solid D for the Hogs tonight: 7 blks and 13 steals pic.twitter.com/GiM72bva5z

– Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) February 20, 2014

@RazorbackBSBTicket Giveaway TodayEmail arkmr@uark.edu with your name by noon today and tell us why you’d like to attend the games for a chance to win two tickets to Arkansas’ three-game series against Eastern Illinois on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! A winner will be notified today.

@RazorbackSB Knocks Off Northwestern State for Sixth-Consecutive WinIn its final game of a six-game home stand, Arkansas posted a 9-1 win over Northwestern State Wednesday evening at Bogle Park. The win gives Arkansas an 8-3 record this season and extends the Razorbacks’ winning streak to six games. Over the past six games, Arkansas has outscored its opponents by a combined 53-3 score. Up next, the Razorbacks travel to the state of Florida for the FGCU Tournament beginning Friday in Ft. Myers. For a full recap of Wednesday’s win click hereand for a photo gallery of the action, click here.

@RazorbackVB Represented at USA Volleyball National Team Tryouts

Beginning Friday, @Mereh3 will participate in #USAVTryout in Colorado Springs. http://t.co/YSOkLWXh7t #WPS pic.twitter.com/WbxsDjPc2X

– Razorback Volleyball (@RazorbackVB) February 19, 2014

@RazorbackMTEN’s den Toom wins SEC Freshman of the WeekFreshman Johan den Toom won conference honors on Wednesday, the first member of @RazorbackMTEN to do so since 2012. Den Toom is currently on a five-match singles win streak and hasn’t lost since Jan. 24, which is a team- and career-high for the new member. Congrats!

@RazorbackSwim Downs Two School Records In The PoolSophomore Anna Mayfield and junior Susanna White each took down a school record during the second night of SEC Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., yesterday. The pair helped set the tone for four personal-best times over two events for the Razorbacks. Mayfield began Arkansas’ evening by breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle set in 2011 by former Razorback All-American Chelsea Franklin. Mayfield’s 13th-place finish of 4:41.56 was a personal-best time. White broke the Arkansas school record she set earlier in prelims by posting a 22.27 in the 50 freestyle to win the B Final.

Arkansas finished day two in fifth place after the second finals session with a total of 217 points.

The team returns to action this morning with competitors in four events, including diving. Senior Kesha Naylor, Hannah Bortnick and Shelby Bartlett will return to action on the three-meter springboards. On the swimming side, the 400 individual medley is scheduled to feature Menzel, senior Julia Kucherich, and freshman Katie Kearbey. The 100 butterfly slates White, seniors Aubrey Golbek and Shelby Cox, Kearbey and freshman Anna William. The 200 freestyle participants include Mayfield, Stoehr, Menzel, Drolc, Jordan, Lister, Monroe and freshman Leia Bates.

Click here for the full results from last night’s finals session and for more information on how to keep up with the team this week at SEC Championships.

The team definitely came prepared for day two yesterday.

Ready for day 2 of #SECSD14? #NeverYield pic.twitter.com/YYme01L6D2

– Razorback Swim/Dive (@RazorbackSwim) February 19, 2014

Calling the Hogs with Alex PerlmanFresh off of its final bye week, @RazorbackWBB is continuing to finish the season strong. After a win over Alabama, the Hogs welcome Vanderbilt to Bud Walton Arena tonight. This game is pivotal if Arkansas wants to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive (and if you talk to head coach Tom Collen, that’s exactly what the team is trying to do.) One thing’s for sure, this team still has its eyes set on March.

The Commodores enter tonight’s game in a tailspin. They’ve lost three in a row and five of their last six. We’re talking about a team that has been dancing each of the last 11 years. Melanie Balcomb, Vandy’s skipper, is going to be looking to snap this skid with authority.

Here’s what the Hogs have to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Limit Christina Foggie. The SEC’s leading scorer is versatile and strong. The Razorback coaches refer to her as a scoring machine. She’s averaging 19 points per game and is shooting 47-percent from the field. Don’t be surprised to see the senior blanketed by Keira Peak and Kelsey Brooks, Arkansas’ best stoppers.

Defend the arc. One thing Vanderbilt does is drain the three. How good are the Commodores from the outside? They’re shooting 41-percent from deep on the season, good for fourth in the nation. The Hogs’ three point defense has been one of the team’s fortes, so watch for how many of Vandy’s bombs are going in tonight.

Let the young Hogs eat. Brooks is coming off a career high 20 point performance last game and McKenzie Adams finally got her stroke back, draining three of four three-pointers. If Arkansas comes away with a win, it will be partially because these freshmen took an integral role on the offensive end.

FUN FACT FOR THE GAME:

The University of Arkansas’ libraries house over two million volumes of books. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, it is. However, the largest college library in the country belongs to Harvard University, whose combined holdings total a whopping 18.9 million volumes.

Jeri and I will join you for the Razorback Courtside Show at 6:45 this evening. We’ll preview the matchup and have an exclusive pregame conversation with head coach Tom Collen, leading up to a 7 P.M. tipoff between Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

If you can’t make it to Bud Walton Arena, here are our affiliates: KOSM-FM 92.1 in Northwest Arkansas; KURM-AM 790 in Rogers; KFPW-FM 94.5 and 1230 AM in Fort Smith; and KABZ-FM 103.7 in Little Rock.

In the words of the legendary Charles Osgood, “I’ll see you on the radio.”

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