Razorback Roundup -- Oct. 19

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPOct. 19, 2009BASEBALL: The Razorbacks began their annual inter-squad Fall World Series this past weekend with the Black team leading 2-1 in the best-of-five series. In Friday’s opener, the Black squad got home runs from junior Travis Sample, and freshmen Matt Reynolds and Derrick Bleeker on its way to a 6-4 win in game one. The Cardinal team tied the series with a 9-4 win in game two. Sophomores James McCann had four RBI and Jarrod McKinney hit a three-run shot in the victory. In game three, freshman pitcher DJ Baxedale pitched 7.1 shutout innings and junior Brett Eibner collected three hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Black team to a 6-0 victory. The series will resume Wednesday at Baum Stadium after a two-day break .MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Razorbacks began official workouts last Friday and had two-a-day sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The team continues to work this week in preparation for Friday’s Red-White game. Doors open for Red-White at 5:30 p.m. Head coach John Pelphrey goes to the annual SEC Media Day on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., to preview the 2009-10 season.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Razorbacks tipped off the 2009-10 season Friday with the start of official workouts. The team, under the direction of third-year head coach Tom Collen, has a busy week ahead with SEC Media Day in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday followed by a Red-White scrimmage Friday. The Razorbacks host Northeastern State in an exhibition Nov. 4 in Bud Walton Arena.MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: No. 25 Arkansas finished third with 89 points at the 21st annual Chile Pepper Festival. Junior Dorian Ulrey, in his 2009 season debut, was Arkansas’ top finisher in fourth place with a 10K time of 29:37.50. The Hogs finished three runners in the top 20 and all five scorers in the top 26. Three Razorbacks clocked 10K personal bests. No. 4 Oklahoma State won the team race with 21 points and No. 23 Oklahoma was second with 52 points. The Razorbacks will compete next at the SEC Championships Oct. 31 in Oxford, Miss.WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Arkansas finished third with 87 points at the 21st annual Chile Pepper Festival. Junior Miranda Walker was Arkansas’ top finisher in ninth place with a 6K time of 21:13.10. The Hogs finished three runners in the top 20 and all five scorers in the top 27. No. 20 Texas Tech won the team race with 35 points and No. 22 BYU was second with 77 points. The Razorbacks will compete next at the SEC Championships Oct. 31 in Oxford, Miss.FOOTBALL (3-3, 1-3): The football team stays on the road as the Razorbacks take on Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday. Arkansas and Ole Miss will meet for the 56th time. Arkansas leads the series 30-24-1. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network. The broadcast will be aired throughout the Southeast and much of the nation. A full list of SEC Network affiliates is on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.MEN’S GOLF: The men’s golf team had a rain-shortened Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate end on Tuesday after just 18 holes and the Hogs finished ninth overall. Jamie Marshall was the Razorbacks’ top finisher for the second consecutive tournament when he shot a one-under 69 to tie for 11th overall. The Razorbacks return to the course for their final tournament of the fall, Oct. 26-27, at the Baylor Intercollegiate.WOMEN’S GOLF: The No. 43 Razorbacks finished 14th at the Mercedes Benz Classic in rain-soaked Knoxville, Tenn., last week. Senior Kelli Shean posted her third consecutive top 20 finish, tying for 20th leading Arkansas. The Razorbacks wrap up the fall Oct. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Showdown. The team breaks for the winter, returning to the golf course Feb. 22-23 at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. SWIMMING AND DIVING (2-0): Senior Yi-Ting Siow recorded the nation’s fastest times this season in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley to win both events and lead the Razorbacks to season-opening victories over the University of Kentucky and the University of the Cumberlands. Eight event wins carried the Hogs to a 166-132 victory over Kentucky and a 254-40 rout of the Cumberlands.SOCCER (8-4-4, 2-4-1): Arkansas went 1-1 on the week, beating Mississippi State on Friday and falling to Ole Miss, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday. In the win over MSU, Ally Atkins scored on an unassisted goal with just 2:02 remaining to give the Razorbacks the victory. It was her third goal of the year in just 10 shots. On Sunday, Ole Miss scored just 47 seconds into overtime to get the win. The loss snapped a four-match unbeaten streak for the Razorbacks. Arkansas had not allowed a goal since a 2-1 loss at Auburn on Oct. 2. Since then, Arkansas was 2-0-2 with a 0-0, double-overtime tie at Alabama, a 2-0 win at Vanderbilt, a 0-0, double-overtime tie at Kentucky and Friday’s 1-0 win over MSU. The shutout against the Bulldogs extended junior keeper Britni Williams’ school record to 22 and also moved her closer to the school record for victories (28) with her 26th. She had 14 saves for the weekend and now has 238 for her career, which is just 18 behind the No. 5 spot on the school’s career list. The shutout against MSU gave the Razorbacks a school-record four in SEC play this year and extended the school season record to 10. Arkansas is at No. 5 South Carolina on Thursday and plays host to No. 11 Florida on Sunday.WOMEN’S TENNIS: After a short break in competition, the Razorbacks return to action beginning Wednesday at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Norman, Okla.MEN’S TENNIS: The Razorbacks hosted the 2009 Razorback Classic this past weekend. Players from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri-Kansas City, South Dakota State and Tyler (Texas) Junior College competed in a total 108 matches. The Razorbacks finished with a 20-10 record. Captain and senior Taylor King finished 3-1 in singles play, including a win over James Seagraves of Tulsa, 7-5, 6-1. He fell in the final match, 6-2, 6-1, to OSU’s Anton Bobystski, ranked No. 120 in the ITA preseason rankings. In doubles action, junior Nicholas Spinazze and sophomore Nikolas Zogaj highlighted the tournament with their comeback win over Tulsa’s Alastair Barnes and Patrick Collins, 9-7. King and Bradwin Williams defeated James Seagraves and Eric West of Tulsa in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4). The Razorbacks resume play Thursday at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Tulsa, Okla. VOLLEYBALL (10-11, 4-6): Jasmine Norton was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week, and for the third time in four, when league honors were announced last Monday. The Razorbacks lost a pair of straight-set decisions to Ole Miss and No. 24 LSU last week. In a home midweek matchup with Ole Miss, Norton continued to lead the offensive charge for Arkansas with 13 kills. Fellow freshmen Amanda Anderson tallied nine kills with a .389 hitting percentage and Cassie Clarke posted a career-high 21 assists off the bench, but the numbers weren’t enough to overcome the Rebels in the 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 loss. The Razorbacks traveled to Baton Rouge for their lone weekend contest. Norton and Kelli Stipanovich tallied 16 and 10 kills, respectively, but LSU was too tough and came away with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 win. Norton has recorded 10 or more kills in six consecutive matches. Arkansas faces two road challenges this week beginning Friday at No. 9 Florida. The match will be televised by Sun Sports with a 6 p.m. (CT) start. The Razorbacks close the weekend at South Carolina with a 12:30 p.m. contest.OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.