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Tough Non-Conference Schedule Awaits Lady Razorbacks

Tough Non-Conference Schedule Awaits Lady Razorbacks

Posted on 30 July 2015 by Allen

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University of Arkansas women’s basketball coach Jimmy Dykes promised a tough non-conference schedule and he has delivered as the Razorbacks face four teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.

The University of Texas, South Dakota State, Oregon State and Rutgers highlight the 13-game non-conference slate as Dykes moves into his second season at the helm. This season, Arkansas takes on six opponents away from their home arena with three true road games and three games at neutral sites. The Razorbacks were a perfect 6-0 in non-conference games away from Bud Walton Arena last season.

“We’ve put together a non-conference schedule that will test us and show both our strengths and weaknesses,” Dykes said. “This is exactly the kind of schedule I need to prepare for the always-tough SEC schedule in January. “It is a great balance with different kinds of teams, all of whom have unique skills that will challenge us. We have an extremely young team with eight newcomers and they will have to grow up quickly during the fall before we face the rigors of the SEC schedule.”

The season opens with an exhibition game against Missouri Southern Nov. 8. The Lady Lions are a familiar opponent for the Razorbacks in exhibition action with Arkansas winning six consecutive contests.

The first regular season game sees Arkansas host Southeastern Louisiana Nov. 13, in a game that is slated as the team’s Elementary Day, so fans can expect an early tip.

Arkansas continues hosting Sam Houston State Nov. 15, before facing the first of four NCAA Tournament teams in South Dakota State Nov. 18. That game is in Brookings, S.D. The Lady Jackrabbits upset Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena in the team’s first overtime game of the year and went on to earn a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They were eliminated by No. 3 seed Oregon State in the first round.

Arkansas hosts Tulsa in a rematch from last year’s 64-53 road win for the Razorbacks on Nov. 23, before hitting the road for the San Juan Shootout, a Thanksgiving tournament where they face Louisiana-Lafayette and Oregon State. Lafayette tallied 16 wins last year and returns most of its roster while Oregon State was a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the second round. The Beavers had wins over powerhouses North Carolina and Stanford last season.

The Razorbacks open December with Missouri State, a team Arkansas defeated on the road, 59-50, last season. The Lady Bears had 18 wins a year ago. The third NCAA Tournament team on the non-conference schedule welcomes Arkansas to New Jersey, Dec. 6, when the Razorbacks travel to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were 23-10 last year with a 64-52 win over Arkansas in BWA. They advance to the second round defeating Seton Hall and falling to UConn.

December continues with a home game with Oral Roberts followed by a trip to Bulter before the Razorbacks face Texas in Oklahoma City, Okla., as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge Dec. 20. The Longhorns are quickly climbing back into the ranks as one of the top teams in women’s basketball.

Last season, Texas reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament and they return 13 players including four seniors from a year ago.

The non-conference schedule wraps up with home games against Mississippi Valley State Dec. 28, and New Orleans Dec. 30.

For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.

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2015-16 ARKANSAS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

DATE DAY OPPONENT

Nov. 8 Sunday Missouri Southern (exhibition)

Nov. 13 Friday Southeastern Louisiana

Nov. 15 Sunday Sam Houston State

Nov. 18 Wednesday @ South Dakota State

Nov. 23 Monday Tulsa

Nov. 27 Friday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (San Juan Shootout)

Nov. 28 Saturday vs. Oregon State (San Juan Shootout)

Dec. 2 Wednesday Missouri State

Dec. 6 Sunday @ Rutgers

Dec. 10 Thursday Oral Roberts

Dec. 13 Sunday @ Butler

Dec. 20 Sunday vs. Texas (@ Big 12/SEC Challenge in Oklahoma City)

Dec. 28 Monday Mississippi Valley State

Dec. 30 Wednesday New Orleans

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Kirkland and Tretola Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

Kirkland and Tretola Named To Outland Trophy Watch List

Posted on 15 July 2015 by Allen

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Arkansas offensive linemen Denver Kirkland and Sebastian Tretola have been named to the Outland Trophy watch list, given annually to the nation’s best interior lineman. The list was announced Friday by the Football Writers Association of America.

Kirkland enters the 2015 campaign with 21 consecutive starts and has played all 25 games of his two-year career. The junior played more than 750 snaps at right guard last season and graded out at 79 percent while allowing just one sack. He was penalized only three times throughout the entire 2014 campaign. Kirkland will move to left tackle this year where he will be tasked with protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

Tretola started the final 11 games of the 2014 season at left guard after he transferred to Arkansas from Iowa Western CC. He played more than 690 snaps and did not allow a sack, averaging a grade of 79 percent, tied for the second-highest mark on the team. The senior also launched a Heisman campaign after he threw a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal against UAB.

Kirkland and Tretola were part of the largest offensive line in the nation in 2014 – averaging 328.4 pounds per player. The Razorback offensive line was bigger than any starting unit in the NFL. It paid dividends as Arkansas led the Southeastern Conference in fewest sacks allowed (14). Kirkland and Tretola also helped pave the way for Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to run for 1,000 yards each, the only duo in the FBS to top the 1,000-yard mark.

Denver Kirkland’s Preseason Awards
- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Sporting News All-American (first team)
- Athlon All-American (fourth team)
- Phil Steele All-SEC (second team)
- Athlon Sports All-SEC (second team)

Sebastian Tretola’s Preseason Awards
- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Athlon All-American (second team)
- Athlon Sports All-SEC (first team)
- Phil Steele All-SEC (third team)

The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10 for the first time from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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Allen To Attend Manning Passing Academy

Allen To Attend Manning Passing Academy

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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Arkansas senior quarterback Brandon Allen will serve as a counselor at the 20th annual Manning Passing Academy this week. The camp runs from Thursday through Sunday and will be held on the campus of Nicholls in Thibodaux, La.

The Manning Passing Academy is run by College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning and his three sons – Cooper, Peyton and Eli.

The academy is one of the most prestigious high school quarterback camps in the nation. This year attendance has been capped at 1,200 high school campers, who will come from 47 states and Canada. Allen will be one of 38-40 college counselors who are all starters with major college football programs.

Allen enters the 2015 season as a fifth-year senior who has started more games at quarterback (25) than any active player in the Southeastern Conference. He ranks sixth in school history in career touchdown passes (34) and second among active SEC quarterbacks in career passing yards (4,023).

Allen passed for 2,285 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions last year and is one of just three returning quarterbacks in the FBS to pass for 20 touchdowns with five or fewer interceptions last year.

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Razorback Baseball Sends 10 Players to Summer Leagues

Razorback Baseball Sends 10 Players to Summer Leagues

Posted on 19 June 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball program will have 10 players spread out across the country competing in five different leagues this summer.

Zach Jackson headlines the group, becoming the 13th member of the Arkansas baseball program to don the Red, White and Blue and joining a long list of Razorback legends to play for the USA Collegiate National Team. The sophomore reported to the USA Baseball training facility on June 18 and the squad will play its first international contest against the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League on June 20 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The California Collegiate League will be home to three Razorbacks this summer, as Chad Spanberger plays with the Conjeo Oaks, while Kyle Pate and Cannon Chadwick pitch for the San Luis Obispo Blues.

The Northwoods League will also get a trio of Arkansas players with Carson Shaddy playing for the St. Cloud Box, Alex Gosser playing with the Kalamazoo Growlers and Parker Sanburn heading to the Lakeshore Chinooks.

A pair of redshirts from last year in Ryan Fant and Darien Simms will be teammates in the Texas Collegiate League with the Victoria Generals, while Luke Bonfield travels to the Cape Cod League to play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

Arkansas is coming off its eighth tripe to the College World Series and reached the 40-win mark for the sixth time in the last seven years. Stay tuned for updates on all 10 players throughout the summer.

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Hogs Falls to Miami in College World Series

Hogs Falls to Miami in College World Series

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (40-25) saw its remarkable season come to an end Monday evening, falling 4-3 to Miami (50-16) at TD Ameritrade Park in the College World Series.

Arkansas went from a 15-15 record on April 4, to making its eighth appearance in the College World Series, marking one of the best turnarounds in program history.

The Razorbacks faced deficits of 2-0 and 3-2, but rallied back both times to tie the game thanks to a Bobby Wernes RBI single in the eighth inning to send Tyler Spoon racing home to knot the score 3-3.

The Hurricanes would use a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth, before a walk-off single handed Miami a 4-3 victory. Rick Nomura led Arkansas at the plate with three hits and a walk, including a sixth-inning single to plate the Razorbacks’ first run of the game.

Freshman right-hander Keaton McKinney was gutsy on the mound, battling through an injury to toss 4.1 innings and give up just two hits and one earned run. It marks the eighth time this season McKinney has thrown four-plus innings and allowed one earned run or less.

Clark Eagan added his 18th multiple-hit game of the season, singling twice and scoring run, while Brett McAfee added a hit, including an RBI single to tie the game in the seventh inning.

Andrew Benintendi ends his remarkable season with a .371 batting average and a nation-leading 20 home runs. He became the first SEC and National Player of the Year in program history and is in line to become the third player in SEC history to lead the conference in home runs and batting average.

The Razorbacks finished the 2015 season winning 40 games for the sixth time in the past seven years. Arkansas reached the College World Series for the first time since 2012 and the fourth time since 2004.

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Nine Razorbacks to be honored at 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor

Nine Razorbacks to be honored at 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Allen

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A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2015 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include a pair of consensus football All-Americans, one of the top rebounders in school history, two NCAA championship divers, a women’s track and field star and one of the most decorated men’s track and field stars in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field.
The 2015 class includes former Razorback football greats Steve Korte, Kendall Trainor and Lynn Garner, men’s basketball star Derek Hood, baseball standout Mike Loggins, divers Ron Meyer and Robin Ford, women’s track and field All-American Deedee Brown-Campbell and men’s track and field All-American and NCAA Champion Niall Bruton. The 2015 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club.

“We are proud to announce the inductees for the 2015 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “This year’s class includes nine outstanding Razorback student-athletes who competed in seven different programs at the University of Arkansas in careers spanning four decades. Being selected by your peers for induction into the UA Sports Hall of Honor is the highest honor any Razorback student-athlete can receive from the A Club. We look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend this September.”

The 2015 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 3-5. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against UTEP at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

2015 UA Sports Hall of Honor Inductees
Steve Korte
Lettered in football in 1981 and 1982. Earned Consensus All-America honors as an offensive guard as a senior in 1982 helping Arkansas rush for more than 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns. Korte was the fourth offensive guard in UA history to earn All-America honors. He was selected to All-America teams by the Associated Press, UPI and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) among others. As a senior, he helped lead the Razorbacks to a 9-2-1- record and a win over Florida in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Arkansas finished ranked No. 8 in the UPI poll that season. Was a consensus All-SWC selection in both 1981 and 1982 helping the Razorbacks to a 17-6-1 record in those two seasons. Known for his exceptional strength, he bench-pressed 585 pounds during his time in Fayetteville. He was selected to the Senior Bowl following his Razorback career. Korte was selected as the No. 38 overall pick in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played eight seasons as a center and offensive guard with the Saints (1983-90). He played 83 career games with 63 career starts. Korte was a member of the UA All-Century Team and the UA all-Decade Team for the 1980′s.

Kendall Trainor
One of the best placekickers in Razorback history, he was a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1988. A former walk-on, Trainor led the nation with an average of 2.18 field goals made per game in helping lead the Razorbacks to a Southwest Conference championship. Trainor holds multiple school records including the record for most field goals made in a season, splitting the uprights 24 of 27 times, and made field goals in a game (5-5) against TCU and Texas A & M. He made 24 consecutive field goals, one short of the national record, in his senior season. For his career, Trainor hit 51 of 69 field goals attempts for a .739 percentage. He scored 264 career points as a kicker and also punted for the Razorbacks during his career. As a freshman, he converted a 37-yard field goal with less than a minute to play to give Arkansas an 18-17 win over Arizona State in the 1985 Holiday Bowl. Trainor also was a three-year baseball letterman including helping the Hogs to the 1987 College World Series. He was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1989 NFL Draft. He also spent time with Sacramento and the New York/New Jersey franchises in the World League of American Football.

Derek Hood
A four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, Derek Hood was one of the most prolific rebounders in Arkansas history. A second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer by both the Associated Press and SEC Coaches in 1999 and third-team player in 1997, Hood is one of only two players in school history to score 1,000 points and collect 1,000 rebounds, finishing just 13 boards shy of Sidney Moncrief’s record. He led the SEC in rebounding average two times, 1999 and 1997, and the league in field goal percentage as a senior. He is the only player in program history since 1975 to average double figure rebounds in a season with 10.3 caroms per game in 1998-99, a year in which he also set the Arkansas single-season record for overall rebounds (349) and rebounds in SEC action (152). Hood’s 10.3 rebounds per game in 1998-99 were bolstered by a program record six-game double-double streak that included all three games of Arkansas’ run to the SEC title game. The 1999 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District player in 1999 concluded his career averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for teams that went to three NCAA Tournaments and the NIT Final Four.

Mike Loggins
An All-American outfielder for the Razorbacks, Loggins played for Arkansas head coach Norm DeBriyn from 1983-85. Loggins was named an All-American in 1995 and earned All-Southwest Conference honors in both 1984 and 1985. He also earned All-SWC Tournament honors in 1985. The Crossett, Ark., native was key offensive contributor for the Razorbacks while patrolling the outfield at George Cole Field. He finished his career with a .335 batting average, 159 hits, 261 total bases, 132 runs, 108 RBIs and 19 home runs. By the time his Razorback career concluded, he ranked tied for second in career stolen bases (41) and had a spot in the career top 10 school record book in almost every offensive category. He led the team with 15 stolen bases in 1985. He also posted a .358 average and 11 home runs and 61 RBI that season. In 1984, he tallied a .325 batting average, including .379 in conference play, with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 14 stolen bases. As a true freshman in 1983, he hit .301 with one home run, 16 RBI and 12 stolen bases. While he was a Razorback, Loggins competed for the United States at the World Baseball Championships in Cuba. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1985 draft and played seven seasons in professional baseball.

Ron Meyer
The only four-time All-American in Razorback men’s swimming and diving history, Ron Meyer stands alone as the most accomplished diver in the history of the University of Arkansas. Meyer earned All-America honors in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985. Meyer won NCAA titles in both the one and three-meter diving events at the 1985 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Meyer was the NCAA champion on the three-meter with 606.7 points, winning the title by a hundredth of a point. He also won the one-meter competition with a score of 548.10 points.

Niall Bruton
Bruton lettered from 1991-94 at the University of Arkansas and was a three-time NCAA Champion during his career with the Razorbacks. The Dublin, Ireland native was an 11-time All-American, earning All-America honors in each of his four years competing for Arkansas. He won back-to-back NCAA championships in the indoor mile in 1993 (4:00.05) and 1994 (3:59.34). Bruton ran on the indoor distance medley relay team that won with a time of 9:30.07 at the 1994 NCAA Championships. Bruton was a four-time SEC Champion with victories in the mile (1992 Indoor), 1,500 Meters, 5,000-Meters (1993 Outdoor) and as member of the Distance Medley Relay Team (1994 Indoor). Bruton also captured an NCAA Regional Cross Country Individual title in 1993 on the way to leading the Razorbacks to a NCAA Cross Country Championship. During his tenure, Bruton helped lead the Razorbacks to a combined 11 NCAA Championships and 12 SEC team titles. In addition, Bruton won three Irish 1,500-Meters titles and won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He posted a personal best of three minutes and 53 seconds in the mile. Bruton represented his home country, Ireland, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.

Deedee Brown-Campbell
A member of the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team from 1999-2002, Brown-Campbell was a two-time All- American and is the former school record holder in the pentathlon. During her time on campus, Brown-Campbell was a three-time SEC individual champion (2000 SEC indoor – distance-medley relay, 2000 SEC outdoor – heptathlon, 2002 SEC indoor – pentathlon) and helped lead the Razorbacks to four SEC team titles. Brown-Campbell later went on to work for Razorback Athletics was the first female African-American to be promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in the former Women’s Athletics Department. When the athletic departments combined, Brown-Campbell continued to serve as an Associate Director of Academic Support and became the first Coordinator of Athletic Diversity Initiatives for the Razorbacks. She now works with intercollegiate athletics at Baylor University as Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services.

Robin Ford
An NCAA champion, Ford was a member of the Razorback diving team from 1983-85 under the direction of diving coach Donnie Craine. While at Arkansas, Ford became the first female diver to claim an NCAA title when she captured the three-meter title with a mark of 482.45 at the 1985 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Metairie, La., native also finished earned another top-10 finish in the same championship meet by placing ninth in the one-meter competition (415.65). Ford received All-America accolades for her efforts at the NCAA meet and helped the Hogs to their best team finish in history. She also captured the NCAA Zone diving title that year, leading up to her national title. Ford first made an NCAA appearance at the 1983 championship meet finishing 16th in the three-meter competition

Lynn Garner
Lynn Garner lettered for the Razorbacks from 1967-69 and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection as a junior. He collected 330 tackles, a number that was third in school history at the time and is still tied for 10th on Arkansas’ career list. During his career the Razorbacks were 23-8-1 and claimed the 1968 SWC championship with a 10-1 record. The 1968 team was ranked No. 6 in the final AP poll after defeating No. 4 Georgia 16-2 in the 1969 Sugar Bowl, a victory helped by Garner forcing a goal-line fumble to preserve a 10-2 lead in the third quarter. The 1969 team finished the year 9-2, earned a return trip to the Sugar Bowl and was ranked No. 7 in the final poll. As a sophomore, he led the team with 110 tackles and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries. His 125 tackles as a junior included 19 in a 35-29 win vs. SMU, which was tied for the sixth-highest single-game tackles total by a Razorback. In his senior season, he collected 95 tackles while performing on a defense that led the NCAA by allowing just 7.6 points per game.

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Benintendi Selected No. 7 Overall by Boston Red Sox

Benintendi Selected No. 7 Overall by Boston Red Sox

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Allen

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Sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi became the eighth first-round pick in program history Monday evening when he was selected seventh overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Benintendi becomes the third-highest MLB draft pick in school history, behind Jeff King going No. 1 overall in 1986 and Kevin McReynolds at No. 6 overall in 1981.

A native of Cincinnati, Benintendi is the first SEC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year in program history, cementing himself as one of the top players in the long list of legends to play at the University of Arkansas.

Benintendi is on the brink of becoming the third player in SEC history to lead the league in home runs and batting average, currently leading the league by one home run and holding a five-point edge in batting average. He would join Rafael Palmeiro (Miss State in ’84) and Jeff Abbott (UK in ’94) as the only players in conference history to accomplish the feat.

The slugger is not only tied for the national lead in home runs with 19, but is also on pace to post the highest batting average at Arkansas since Zack Cox set the record at .429 during the 2010 season.

Already named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, Benintendi is also up for the two biggest awards in the game, as one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and one of five remaining candidates for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Benintendi will continue his Arkansas legacy this weekend as the Razorbacks are making their eighth trip to the College World Series, where they will take on Virginia in the opening game.

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McKinney Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors

McKinney Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Allen

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Starting pitcher Keaton McKinney picked up another postseason honor Thursday morning, earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

A day before Arkansas embarks on its sixth Super Regional appearance, McKinney becomes the 18th Freshman All-American in program history and the first since Tyler Spoon garnered the honor following the 2013 season.

The Ankeny, Iowa native put together one of the best second halves to the season of any pitcher in the country, going 5-0 in his last eight starts, while the team has won eight of his last nine starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of his 16 starts this year and one run or less eight times.

McKinney is 6-1 on the year with a 3.21 ERA in 81.1 innings of work with two complete games, including a complete-game shutout at Alabama. He was the only player in the SEC to earn the league’s pitcher of the week and freshman of the honors during the year and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team at the conclusion of the regular season.

McKinney and the Razorbacks return to action Friday evening, welcoming Missouri State to town for the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional at Baum Stadium. Game one of the Super Regional is set for Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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Powell And Ford Named To 2016 Hall Of Fame Ballot

Powell And Ford Named To 2016 Hall Of Fame Ballot

Posted on 04 June 2015 by Allen

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Former Razorback linebacker Cliff Powell and head coach Danny Ford have been named to the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced Tuesday.

Powell is one of 76 players and Ford one of five coaches on the FBS ballot. Votes will be cast by more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes will then be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which deliberate and select the class. The announcement of the 2016 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A three-year lettermen from 1967-69, Powell was a first team All-American in 1969 and led the Razorbacks to consecutive Sugar Bowls in 1969 and 1970. The two-time All-Southwest Conference (SWC) first team selection held the school’s all-time record for career tackles (367) from 1969 through the end of the 2002 season. In 1968 he started for the Razorbacks, helping Arkansas win 10 games and a share of the SWC title. He was elected team captain as a senior and set the school’s single-season tackles (134) record.

Ford was Arkansas’ head coach from 1993-97 and led the Razorbacks to its first SEC Western Division title and appearance in the SEC championship game in 1995. Arkansas went 6-2 in the SEC that season and was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally, highlighted by wins at No. 13 Alabama and against No. 11 Auburn. In just his first season as head coach, Ford finished second in the SEC West, including a 42-24 victory at LSU in the season finale.

As the head coach at Clemson, Ford led the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 season in 1981 and its only national championship.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

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Hogs Top Oral Roberts in Stillwater Regional

Hogs Top Oral Roberts in Stillwater Regional

Posted on 30 May 2015 by Allen

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The second-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks (36-22) opened the Stillwater Regional with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over three-seed Oral Roberts (41-15).

No. 2 Arkansas advances to the winner’s bracket and will play on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Oklahoma State/St. John’s game. Television will be determined after matchups are set later tonight.

Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Arkansas busted through with a four-run inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Joe Serrano and Bobby Wernes opened the sixth with back-to-back singles to set the stage for National Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi, who showed once again why he is the best player in the country. The sophomore smoked a two-run double, giving the Razorbacks their first lead of the game.

Tyler Spoon and Rick Nomura also drove in runs in the sixth. Clark Eagan hit a two-run triple in the eighth to extend the Razorback lead.

Jackson Lowery and Zach Jackson were impressive in relief, combining for three scoreless innings. Lowery retired the first six hitters he faced and picked up his seventh win of the season.

Arkansas has now won five of its past seven NCAA Regional openers. The Stillwater Regional marks the 14th consecutive season the Razorbacks have played in the NCAA Tournament.

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Missouri-Arkansas Rivalry Game moved to Friday Nov. 27

Missouri-Arkansas Rivalry Game moved to Friday Nov. 27

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Allen

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The second annual Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance football game between Arkansas and Missouri has been moved to Friday, Nov. 27, the Southeastern Conference announced Thursday.

Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. CBS will televise the game to a national audience.

The contest will mark the seventh time Arkansas has met Missouri and just the second game between the schools since Missouri joined the SEC in 2012. The two programs have never played each other in Fayetteville.

The momentum from the 2014 season has already created high demand for the state’s most uncommon experience – Razorback football season tickets. The nationally-ranked Razorbacks’ home schedule is highlighted by 2013 national runner-up Auburn and Orange Bowl-participant Mississippi State. The home schedule concludes with two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri.

Season ticket packages start at $300 in Fayetteville. Fans can also catch the Razorbacks take on Toledo on Sept. 12 in Little Rock for $55, which $10 less than last year’s game at War Memorial Stadium.

For more information on Arkansas Football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.

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Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Allen

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After battling through six and a half scoreless innings against the No. 5 seed Arkansas, Tennessee fell in a dramatic, first-round matchup by a score of 2-1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Tuesday night.

With the loss, Tennessee drops to 25-23 all-time in SEC Tournament play and a 1-2 postseason record in games played against Arkansas. The loss marks the second straight year for the Vols to reach the first round of the tournament and be eliminated. Tennessee closes out its 2015 campaign with a 24-26 overall record.

“I think this game was kind of an example of our season,” Head Coach Dave Serrano said. “Nothing came easy for us. We struggled to score runs against good pitching. I thought (Trey) Killian was good tonight and way better than we saw him two weeks ago, and obviously (Zach) Jackson is as advertised. You credit their pitching staff. We have a lot of guys hurting right now. It’s always hard when it comes to an end, especially when you don’t reach goals that you should have reached.

“I do walk away from here with a little bit better feeling because I think these guys fought for us. And I’m proud of them for that. That was a good baseball game and it was a tough baseball game to lose, especially when your season is over with.”

Offensively, the Vols scattered four hits on the night, recorded by catcher Benito Santiago (1-for-3, RBI), right fielder Jordan Rodgers (1-for-2), first baseman Parker Wormsley (1-for-2, 2B) and shortstop A.J. Simcox (1-for-3).

In the third matchup between the schools this year, Tennessee and Arkansas held each other hitless into the third inning.

With a single to center field in the fifth, sophomore Jordan Rodgers recorded Tennessee’s first hit of the game and snapped Arkansas starter Trey Killian’s no-hit outing. Senior Parker Wormsley led off the next inning with a standup double hit into the left-center gap, but a fielder’s choice and caught stealing ended the opportunity for the Volunteers.

The Razorbacks then put together back-to-back base hits to start the seventh and broke through Tennessee’s defense, as a fielder’s choice chopper to short scored an Arkansas runner from third to make it a 1-0 ballgame.

Tennessee continued to press against Arkansas starter Killian and with one out in the top seventh, catcher Benito Santiago put the Vols on the board to tie the game at 1-1 with an RBI-double into left field.

The Razorbacks answered Tennessee’s seventh inning rally in the bottom of the ninth. Second baseman Rick Nomura singled to right field before shortstop Michael Bernal hit the walk-off double, giving Arkansas the 2-1 victory.

Starter Andy Cox dealt 3.0 scoreless innings in his start against the Razorbacks, allowing just one hit while striking out four batters, including back-to-back strikeouts against newly-named SEC Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi.

In the bottom of the fourth, righthander Kyle Serrano entered the game in relief of Cox. After loading the bases via two base hits and a walk on two outs, Serrano recorded a huge strikeout to get out of the jam and hold the score at 0-0.

Serrano went on to pitch 3.0 innings, surrendering six hits and one run before lefty Drake Owenby was called upon in the bottom of the seventh. After inheriting runners on the corners with no outs, Owenby worked to retire three of his four batters faced including a swinging strikeout for the third out.

With the game tied at 1-1, designated hitter Andrew Lee went to the mound in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out one batter to end the inning and in the ninth, proceeded to deliver one strikeout before allowing Arkansas’s Nomura a single. In the following at bat, Arkansas’ Bernal knocked a ball to the left field wall, plating the winning run.

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Benintendi Named SEC Player of the Year

Benintendi Named SEC Player of the Year

Posted on 18 May 2015 by Allen

Arkansas

On the heels of the most prolific regular season performance in Arkansas baseball history, sophomore outfielder Andrew Benintendi was named the SEC Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s head coaches on Monday.

Benintendi becomes the first player in program history to earn SEC Player of the Year honors and the first Razorback to win a major SEC award since Nick Schmidt was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year following the 2006 season.

“He started off good and he continued to get better and better as the season went on, and that’s what the good ones do,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “He got heated up big time and he never cooled down. The last 20 games, we just watched him in awe. He’s done a tremendous job of letting the game come to him and not trying to do too much. He’s been such a catalyst for us. I’ve coached a lot of kids, but to see where he came from when he walked in the door 20 months ago to now and how he’s gotten better and better, it’s just a tribute to him and his work ethic.”

The Cincinnati native flipped a switch on March 31 and began his journey to greatness, raising his batting average 106 points over the final 26 games and skyrocketing to the top of every national offensive statistic. He finished the regular season as the SEC leader in batting average (.415), home runs (17), on base percentage (.511) and total bases (145), and led the country with a .771 slugging percentage.

Benintendi finished five RBI’s short of becoming the second Triple Crown winner in SEC history and is on the verge of becoming the third player in league history to lead the conference in home runs and batting average. He is the first player in Arkansas’ storied program with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season and the only power five conference player to accomplish the feat this season.

Over the last 14 games, Benintendi has 11 multi-hit performances and has hit safely in 24 of the last 26 games, including riding a career-long 10-game hitting streak into the SEC Tournament. He has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games, including 41 of his last 59 plate appearances. The sophomore has not struck out over his last 11 games and 46 at bats.

Benintendi joins the likes of Todd Walker, Chris Burke, Todd Helton, Tim Hudson, Gordan Beckham and most recently AJ Reed to earn the prestigious honor as the best player in the Southeastern Conference. He becomes the first Razorback to capture Player of the Year honors since Philip Stidham won the award in 1990 during Arkansas’ days in the Southwest Conference.

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Razorbacks top Creighton, 6-2

Razorbacks top Creighton, 6-2

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Allen

Arkansas

The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (31-19) used a three-run sixth inning to break open a tie game and roll to a 6-2 victory over Creighton (27-17) Tuesday evening at TD Ameritrade Park.

The National Player of the Year campaign rolls on for Andrew Benintendi as he went 3-for-4 at the plate, including his SEC-leading 17th home run of the year. The sophomore has six multi-hit games over his last seven contests, including 15 hits to send his batting average soaring to .412 on the year and his slugging percentage to a staggering nation-leading .780.

Benintendi’s three hits marked his seventh three-hit performance of the season and third straight, as he reached base four times and saw his on-base percentage move to .507 on the year, the tops in the SEC.

In a 1-1 tie heading to the sixth inning, Arkansas broke the game wide open, using an RBI triple from Bobby Wernes, followed by run-scoring hits from Rick Nomura and Michael Bernal to put a three spot on the board and give Arkansas a 5-2 lead.

Benintendi did his long ball damage in the seventh inning, taking a 2-0 pitch and crushing his 17th home run of the year to right field to send Arkansas to a 6-2 victory at the home of the College World Series.

The Razorbacks got a group effort on the mound, as James Teague and Jackson Lowery kept Creighton off the board over the first 4.0 innings, before Lance Phillips came on to work the fifth inning and earn his first win of the year. Dominic Taccolini closed out the game and earned his second straight save, tossing 2.2 innings and striking out a pair.

Arkansas will open its final SEC series of the year Thursday evening, traveling to Georgia for a three-game set with the Bulldogs. The two teams will play Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. before capping the regular season with a noon first pitch on Saturday at Foley Field.

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