Razorback Roundup -- Oct. 27

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPOct. 27, 2008BASEBALL The annual Cardinal-White series ended with Cardinal winning the best-of-seven campaign last week, four games to two. After losing the first two games, Cardinal rallied for four consecutive wins on the strength of solid pitching and timely hitting. For Cardinal, senior Ben Tschepikow led all Razorbacks with a .444 average while juniors Mike Bolsinger and Dallas Keuchel each posted earned run averages under 1.60. White’s stars included freshman Jarrod McKinney (.360 avg, two doubles), junior Thomas Hauskey (.353 avg, three doubles, one home run) and freshman Geoffrey Davenport (three appearances, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP). The Razorbacks are finished with fall ball and begin the 2009 season on Feb. 20 against Washington State at Baum Stadium.MEN’S BASKETBALL In Friday’s Red-White scrimmage, played in front of a crowd of more than 5,000, freshman guard Rotnei Clarke hit his first four shots of the game, all three-pointers, to help the White team post a 33-29 overtime victory. Clarke made 5-of-9 shots, including 4-of-7 threes, to finish with a game-high 15 points. Junior forward Michael Washington had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. For the Red team, junior college transfer Montrell McDonald had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. The Razorbacks play host to Campbellsville University on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:05 p.m. in their first exhibition game.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Freshmen Julie Inman and Lyndsay Harris led the Red team to a thrilling 41-40 win over the White at the team’s annual exhibition game. Inman scored the last five points of the game in the closing 24 seconds to rally Red. The Razorbacks’ exhibition game with Rogers State is next on Nov. 5.MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Arkansas is not in action this week. Next up are the SEC Championships on Monday, Nov. 3, at Mississippi State.WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Arkansas is not in action this week. Next up are the SEC Championships on Monday, Nov. 3, at Mississippi State.FOOTBALL (3-5, 1-4) Arkansas rallied from a 20-7 deficit to get within two points of Ole Miss and had the ball with 1:07 remaining, but turned the ball over on downs with 23 seconds to go in the 23-21 loss. Casey Dick passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and moved up to fourth on the school’s career passing chart (5,057 yards). Michael Smith had 19 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 31 yards. He has six 100-yard games in his career, five this year, four straight and five in the last six games. Tight end D.J. Williams set career highs with 10 receptions and 129 yards. MEN’S GOLF Arkansas improved its ranking last week. In the Golfstat’s head-to-head standings, the Razorbacks are at No. 5, following Illinois, Oklahoma State, Southern California and Georgia. Arkansas returns to tournament play Oct. 27 at the Baylor Invitational to be held at the Royal Oaks Country Club (par-71, 7,068 yards) in Dallas. The rest of the field includes Baylor, BYU, College of Charleston, Houston, Kansas, Lamar, New Mexico, Oklahoma, SMU, Saint Mary’s and Texas A&M. WOMEN’S GOLF The Razorbacks completed their fall season last week, rallying for a top 10 finish at the Stanford Invitational. The Razorbacks were ranked tied for 25th in the most recent Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (Oct. 17) poll. Arkansas is 22nd in the Oct. 25 edition of the Golfstat.com poll and 23rd in the Oct. 22nd edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arkansas returns to action at the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La., March 13-15.SOCCER (11-7, 4-6) Arkansas lost a pair of games during the final full week of regular-season competition. In Thursday’s mid-week game, the Razorbacks dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 7 Florida. Arkansas gave up a late first-half goal and then a pair of goals in a three-minute span in the second half to fall to 0-13 all-time against the Gators. In Sunday’s home finale, the Razorbacks fell behind by two goals against South Carolina in the first half. Freshman Kailey Anders cut the deficit in half with a 25-yard shot in the 56th minute, but the Gamecocks tacked on a third goal later in the half to secure the victory. Arkansas closes out the regular season with an Oct. 31 contest in Baton Rouge against LSU. The Razorbacks entered the weekend in eighth place in the SEC, but with the two losses and a win Sunday by Ole Miss, Arkansas sits in ninth place—one point behind the Rebels—with one game remaining.SWIMMING (1-1) Arkansas had last week off after its meet with Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Next, the Razorbacks plays host to LSU on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas Natatorium. Arkansas is ranked No. 21 in the nation.MEN’S TENNIS Arkansas did not compete last week after hosting the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships, which wrapped up last Monday. Next, the Razorbacks compete in the UNLV Fall Classic this weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. WOMEN’S TENNIS Arkansas did not compete last week. UA’s next event is Nov. 6 at the SEC Coaches Classic/ITA National Indoors.VOLLEYBALL (5-14, 2-7) Arkansas went 1-1 in SEC action last week. The Razorbacks lost at Ole Miss Wednesday but captured a thrilling five-set win over Auburn Sunday. Arkansas trailed the Tigers 2-0 and was down 21-14 in the third set before rallying to win the match. Senior Christina Lawrence paced Arkansas with a career-best 22 kills as one of three players with double-figure kills. Sophomore Heather Royal tied her career-best with 19 and freshman Kelli Stipanovich had 11. Arkansas was nearly perfect in the set five win with 11 kills, no hitting errors and a .550 hitting percentage. The Razorbacks return to the road this weekend, traveling to South Carolina and No. 7 Florida.OLYMPIC SPORT PRESS CONFERENCETuesday at 1 p.m. in Barnhill Arena interview room