That was the case after McNeese State handed Arkansas it's first loss in seven starts on Tuesday. He gave credit to the Cowboys for an 8-6 victory, then took his Razorbacks to task.
"McNesse State took it to us, so give it to the guys in that other dugout first," Van Horn said. "Hopefully, we learned from the way we played."
Van Horn might have learned something about his pitching. Junior lefty Geoffrey Davenport didn't have it for the second straight start and probably fell out of the weekend rotation. He praised freshmen Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn.
"Our older guys didn't pitch well, but the young ones did," Van Horn said. "Astin was doing well, but he's going to pitch on the weekend and we wanted to get him out of the game. Sanburn was pretty good for the two plus innings he was out there at the end."
Davenport gave up seven hits and five earned runs and didn't make it out of the third inning.
"He couldn't locate," Van Horn said. "He had some guys 0-2 and then missed. He was supposed to be in the dirt and away and he hung one right down the middle. He went 2-0 and 3-1 a lot. You can't pitch from behind and the guys in the other dugout took it to him."
The Hogs didn't help themselves with their base running. Kyle Robinson (four hits) and Dominic Ficociello (two hits and 3 RBI) combined for six hits in the four/five slots in the lineup, but they also had three mistakes on the basepaths.
"One guy (Ficociello) had two," Van Horn said. "He had one in the first, getting thrown out at second after a single trying to take an extra base when we didn't need it. That could have taken us out of a big inning."
Then Robinson and Ficociello combined to botch what might have been the big blow of the game. The Hogs had the bases loaded with Robinson on first when Ficociello hit one off the wall in the gap in right center with the Hogs trailing 8-3 with no outs in the bottom of the eighth.
Robinson wasn't sure the gap shot was going to fall and went back to first to tag. Ficociello was on top of him quickly. Third base coach Todd Butler had everyone running until Robinson rounded third and then gave the stop sign. Ficociello never saw the stop sign and ran into Robinson for an out at third.
"That's two blunders on the same play," Van Horn said. "But it doesn't matter what Robinson did as far as going back to first. The second guy doesn't need a triple. We don't need runs right there. We just need base runners. That ran us out of an inning. It's a mental mistake that can't happen."
Robinson took the blame for not getting a better jump.
"I didn't pick it up at first and thought it might be caught," Robinson said. "So I went back to first to tag. That's a mistake. I should have gone halfway in that spot. I messed up Fic on that."
Ficociello said, "It's a situation we work on every day in practice and I messed it up. I looked up before I got to second and Coach Butler was waving Kyle. So I put my head down and didn't look up again. Then I realized Kyle had stopped. We work on that and the thing we are taught is to watch the runner in front of you. What the third base coach does there is wave until he sees if the relay is handled cleanly and if it is, then the stop sign is given. I didn't see it and kept going."
Robinson said, "We just have to learn from what we did today and get better. I know Coach Van Horn gave it to us pretty good for a reason. I know he wanted to make sure we learned from our mistakes. Who knows what kind of inning we would have had in the eighth if we had run the bases better. It was probably going to be a big inning and that gave them the momentum back."
McNeese didn't make any blunders. The Cowboys pounded out 11 hits for 8 earned runs to improve to 4-5 on the season. Lefty starter Phil Parcell had pitched out of the bullpen before Tuesday, but allowed just seven hits before giving way in the eighth inning. He threw 51 strikes out of his 83 pitches.
"We flew out to right field too much," Van Horn said, noting the wind was blowing in from that direction. "We also rolled over too many pitches for ground balls. We've got to get better in that area."
Jace Peterson led the Cowboys with three hits and three runs. Seth Granger had two hits and three RBI.
The Hogs and Cowboys meet again at 3 p.m. Wednesday.