FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi was selected seventh overall in Monday night’s MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
FAYETTEVILLE – Dave Van Horn’s eyes welled. Tears didn’t fall. They came close, though. He touched on several subjects at only minor suggestion. He could have spoken for an hour. His words spilled out like a river after a dam’s been released.
FAYETTEVILLE – It took less than 24 hours for the mood to sour at Baum Stadium. Consecutive record-setting crowds’ attitudes turned on a dime. “One game away from the College World Series!” turned into “One win away from the College World Series. Please.”
FAYETTEVILLE – Dave Van Horn didn’t kick up his feet this week despite his atypical laissez-faire attitude. The Arkansas coach had said Monday, when it was announced his Razorbacks would host Missouri State in the Super Regionals, he was, more or less, just happy to be there.
FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas coaching staff and its players are taking two separate approaches to this weekend’s Super Regional against Missouri State.
FAYETTEVILLE – Joe Serrano catches almost as much guff from his teammates as Andrew Benintendi. “Benny,” as he goes, is regularly ribbed as the one surrounded by media, always asked what it’s like to set some kind of record, be up for some kind of award.
FAYETTEVILLE – Andrew Benintendi is just like most anyone else. If he receives a phone call from a strange number or area code – click – silence. If it’s important enough, they’ll leave he message, he figures.
FAYETTEVILLE – The NCAA made it official late Monday night.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Only one player among Arkansas lineup regulars isn’t guaranteed to return next season.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Michael Freeman entered Saturday’s Regional against Arkansas one of the best pitchers in the country. Seven innings he was that precisely.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Arkansas hitters capitalized on an Oklahoma State pitching meltdown in the eighth inning, rallying to stay in the winners bracket of the Stillwater Regional on Saturday, 7-5.
FAYETTEVILLE – Andrew Benintendi doesn’t like to talk about his accomplishments. He’s already a master of the Crash Davis school of interviews.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Arkansas centerfielder Andrew Benintendi broke out of a slump and Arkansas picked up enough late-inning runs to hold off ORU’s comeback in the opening game of the Stillwater Regional, 8-6.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Fourteen times is a lot. No one in the Southeastern Conference, right now, can lay claim to being as consistently successful in college baseball as Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE – A pair of changes to Arkansas sports schedules were announced Thursday. One in football and one in basketball.
FAYETTEVILLE – By his estimation, Zach Jackson figures he grew up five minutes from Oral Roberts University. James Teague, about an hour with traffic.
FAYETTEVILLE – It was only a matter of red tape Monday. The Arkansas baseball team knew it was going to the NCAA Tournament. The only question was where.
HOOVER, Ala. - For three days Arkansas threatened the status quo of the Southeastern Conference. It was enough, for a while, to cast doubt on the common knowledge the league was the Big Four and everyone else. Two incredible days even had the guessers and pundits of college baseball re-thinking, wondering if maybe Arkansas was not only a postseason threat, but perhaps a favorite.
HOOVER, Ala. - The reasons for wins and losses in a particular game are sometimes easy to recognize.
HOOVER, Ala. - There were a few times this season Bobby Wernes’ eyes betrayed him, a couple instances he had to walk back to the dugout, hangdog expression after staring at strike three. Once it possibly cost the Razorbacks a Southeastern Conference win.