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The Daily Call – March 10, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – March 10, 2014

The 24th-ranked @RazorbackBSB team is returning today from its trip to Berkeley, Calif., where it played four games in the Cal Baseball Classic this past weekend. It was the Razorbacks’ first four games away from Baum Stadium this season and the first collegiate road trip for many of the student-athletes. The Daily Call caught up with freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Jackson, who earned his first win as a Razorback on Saturday, for his thoughts on the trip.

Q: What were your impressions of your first road trip?

A: It was a very business-like approach. It was definitely different than any trip I’ve ever had before. The treatment was very professional. We stayed in a nice hotel and were treated very well, but it was definitely a business trip.

Q: Did you have to make any adjustments to your routine not playing at home?

A: It was more of an adjustment to the environment. My pre-game routine didn’t change that much because we still stretched and threw at the same times, but the environment was so much different and that took a little bit of an adjustment.

Q: What was it like coming in to pitch without the Baum Stadium crowd?

A: We had a lot of fans come out even though we were all the way across the country. Obviously it’s a little bit different than Baum, where you are surrounded by fans everywhere, but we had a pretty good crowd here this weekend. They definitely supported me as much as they could.

Q: How did it feel earning your first collegiate win Saturday?

A: It was cool. Obviously it was a win that we needed to have as a team to break our losing streak. We had to have a win right there, and being able to come through for the team was really cool.

Q: Was this trip helpful as you prepare to travel to Florida this weekend?

A: I’m confident in our team going into SEC play. As far as traveling, it was different practicing Thursday at a stadium other than Baum. I haven’t seen another collegiate field except Baum since I got to campus. That Thursday practice is big for us, and helps you adjust to the field. Getting on the field a day early allows us to be come to the field prepared Friday.

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Check out some exclusive photos and video recapping the scene in California from@RazorbackBSB’searly-season road trip.

PHOTO: The Razorbacks’ game jerseys hanging over the dugout rail during batting practice Friday.

PHOTO: View from the press box of Arkansas taking batting practice before Saturday’s win.

PHOTO: Looking out the window during breakfast Sunday at the hotel.

VIDEO: A group of approximately 200 Razorback fans from the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association hosted a tailgate before Sunday’s doubleheader and shared their excitement with a Hog Call.

PHOTO: Official lineup card for Sunday’s first game signed by head coach Dave Van Horn.
PHOTO: The team gathered in the dugout to snack on bananas and granola bars between games Sunday.

@RAZORBACKSB GOES UNDEFEATED IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE WEEKEND

Facing a two-day round robin against Bradley and Mississippi Valley State, the Razorbacks responded by outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 46-12 in four games. Arkansas has won 17 of its last 19 games heading into four games this week against nationally ranked teams. The Razorbacks travel to No. 21/20 Tulsa Wednesday for a midweek before returning to Fayetteville for a weekend series and SEC opener against No. 2/3 Tennessee at Bogle Park. Sunday’s 13-5 win over Mississippi Valley State was the program’s 499th victory with four opportunities this week to reach the milestone figure. Read the recap of Sunday’s wins here.

@RazorbackSB WIN 13-5 to close out the the #RazorbacksInvitational!! pic.twitter.com/XS7vIrYGAq

– Glen Christophersen (@Glen_Christo) March 9, 2014

RAZORBACK DIVING TRAVELS TO NCAA ZONE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four divers will represent Arkansas at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships held today through Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minn.
Arkansas’ representation consists of senior Kesha Naylor, junior Meghan Clark, and sophomores Shelby Bartlett and Hannah Bortnick.
To qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, divers must earn a minimum qualification score in at least one diving event. The zone diving meets then serve to qualify divers for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Arkansas will be competing in Zone D. Zone D has an allocation of nine divers to send to the NCAA Championships based on their performances at zones.
Bartlett, Bortnick and Naylor will compete in all three events and Clark will compete on both springboards. Events are scheduled to begin each day at 11 a.m., and you can follow along at DiveMeets.com once competition begins.

Good luck at @NCAA Diving Zones Kesha Naylor, Meghan Clark, Shelby Bartlett and Hannah Bortnick @RazorbackSwim @RazorsDiving #NeverYield

– Mike Waddell (@mikewaddellUA) March 9, 2014

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