Arkansas, Texas A&M headed for NCAA showdown
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Razorback golfer David Lingmerth aced the third hole to win his match in the semifinals against eighth-seeded Georgia. Lingmerth's win yesterday at Toledo, Ohio, helped fourth-seeded Arkansas advance to the NCAA Division I men's team championship match today against Texas A&M.
While the Razorbacks beat Georgia 3-1-1, seventh-seeded Texas A&M edged sixth-seeded Michigan, 3-1-1 in a dramatic finish in the other semifinal. The Razorbacks and Aggies will each be seeking their first golf title today, with neither ever finishing higher than fourth.
Matt Van Zandt clinched the decisive point for A&M with a conceded birdie after chopping a wedge out of the high rough from 96 yards to 15 feet from the pin.
Georgia beat top-seeded Oklahoma State 3-2 with a late surge earlier in the day's first quarterfinal.
Cougars' bullpen collapses in loss to Arkansas
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Scott Lyons hit a three-run homer and Arkansas rallied for nine runs in the eighth inning to defeat Washington State 10-3 in the NCAA's Norman regional.
Lyons' shot yesterday capped the highest-scoring inning of the season for the second-seeded Razorbacks.
Ben Tschepikow led off the rally with a double and had two hits and two RBIs as Washington State's bullpen squandered a strong outing by Matt Way. 7 of the runs scored in the eighth inning were unearned.
Way struck out 10 batters in six innings to break the Washington State season record for strikeouts set by former major leaguer Aaron Sele in 1990.
Mike Bolsinger (5-4) got the win for the Razorbacks (35-22), while Jeremy Johnson took the loss for Washington State (31-24).
Four Razorback men, three women qualify for NCAAs on 1st day
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Four men and three women on the Razorback track and field teams have qualified for the NCAA championships on the first day of the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.
In men's competition yesterday at Louisville, Kentucky, Arkansas's Alain Bailey led a 1-2-3 finish for Arkansas in the long jump. The second and third-place finishers, Mycheal Stewart and Tarik Batchelor, also qualified for the national championship meet.
The fourth national qualifier for Arkansas yesterday was James Strang in the 5,000 meters. He is already an automatic qualifier in the 10,000 meters.
After five events, Arkansas leads the team race with 28 points. Louisville and Ole Miss are tied for second with 17 points.
In women's competition, Katie Stripling finished third in the pole vault to qualify for the nationals -- Janice Keppler was fourth in the same event to qualify -- and Denise Bargiachi finished fourth in the 5,000 meters to get a ticket to the nationals.
The Arkansas women also lead the team competition after Day 1, with 20 points to Southern Illinois's 17 in second place. Kentucky rounds out the top three with 14 points.
SEC limits football signees to 28 annually
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Call it the Houston Nutt rule.
On the final day of the SEC spring business meeting yesterday at Destin, Florida, league presidents unanimously approved a rule limiting conference football teams to 28 signees annually.
NCAA rules allow teams just 25 scholarships per year, but SEC schools generally oversign, anticipating that some of the players they sign won't academically qualify.
While nobody would admit the rule was aimed at Ole Miss and Rebels coach Houston Nutt, the Rebels signed 37 players in February, something that set off alarms with the SEC presidents.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said that, over the last three years, more than half of SEC schools have oversigned in the 26 to 29 range. The league will have the new rule even if the NCAA doesn't adopt it nationally. The new SEC rule takes effect immediately.