Razorback Roundup -- June 1
RAZORBACK ROUNDUPJune 1, 2010BASEBALL (40-18): After a pair of losses at the 2010 SEC Tournament, the Razorbacks enter the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with a 40-18 record. Arkansas was named one of the 16 regional hosts Sunday afternoon by the NCAA. It marks the fifth time the Hogs will host the opening round of tournament play. The Razorbacks are the top seed in the Fayetteville Regional and will be joined by Washington State (34-20), Kansas State (36-20) and Grambling (22-30). Arkansas will play the opening game of the regional Friday against Grambling at 2:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium. With its at-large bid, Arkansas is making its 23rd overall trip to the NCAA Championship. This is the program’s ninth consecutive appearance and eighth straight under head coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks are one of eight teams from the Southeastern Conference to advance to the tournament and one of four SEC programs to host a regional. In Hoover, Arkansas dropped games to Vanderbilt and Florida. In the opener, Jeremy Heatley tossed five scoreless innings in his first career start but the Commodores came away with a 2-0 victory. Against the Gators in an elimination game, Collin Kuhn had a two-run triple and Drew Smyly came out of the bullpen for five innings of relief work in a 5-4 loss. For their play during the conference season, Zack Cox, Brett Eibner and Drew Smyly garnered All-SEC honors. Cox became the 13th player in program history to be named to the first team, while Eibner and Smyly earned spots on the second team. The three selections push Arkansas’ total to 20 All-SEC performers since joining the league in 1992. Cox was also awarded for his work in the classroom as a selection to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team. James McCann, for his service to the Northwest Arkansas community, was named to the 2010 SEC Baseball Community Service Team last week.WOMEN’S TENNIS (18-10, 6-5): Junior Anouk Tigu downed Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka (29-12) in the first round of the NCAA Championship, 7-5, 6-2, before falling to No. 5 Lenka Broosova (34-7) of Baylor in the second round, 6-3, 6-0. Tigu, ranked No. 29, ended the season 24-10. MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Arkansas will be represented by five student-athletes in three events at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12. Junior LaShawn Butler will run the 200 meters. Freshman Caleb Cross, freshman Hunter Bourke, Butler and freshman Cobi Hamilton will make up the 4×100-meter relay. Sophomore Tarik Batchelor will compete in the long jump.WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: No. 9 Arkansas will be represented by 10 student-athletes in seven events at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12. Junior Shelise Williams and freshman Regina George will run the 400 meters, and freshman Stephanie Brown will run the 800. Sophomore Brittany Hyter will run the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Whitney Jones, Williams, senior Karen Thomas and George will comprise the 4×400-meter relay. In the field events, seniors Katie Stripling and Janice Keppler, and sophomore Tina Sutej will pole vault. Junior Shantel Thompson will compete in the triple jump.