"We've been here before," said the Arkansas head coach. "We've won a few on Friday nights in the SEC this year, but we haven't followed it up. So my take on this, we haven't done anything yet."
The Hogs (21-8, 4-6) are 7-1 overall on Friday nights. They are 3-1 in SEC games with victories over Auburn, Vanderbilt and now LSU to open the last four weekends. Only Alabama beat the Hogs on Friday night.
With the wind blowing in, the Hogs could plate single runs in the sixth and seventh. True freshman Dominic Ficociello hit a solo homer for the game's first run. It was a sharp liner that just made it into the LSU bullpen off of LSU starter and loser Kurt McCune.
The Hogs got their other run when Tim Carver reached on an an error, moved to second on a Jacob Morris sacrifice bunt and scored on a combination wild pitch and catcher's throwing error.
"That was a great play by Matt Reynolds on the short hop at third," Van Horn said. "They had two runners on and the play might have been to throw to second since we had a 2-0 lead. Some of our guys were yelling for him to go to second. But he's out there in deep left and he couldn't hear anything with this crowd."
The Hogs turned another double play in the ninth after Nolan Sanburn walked the leadoff man. Bo Bigham shorthopped a grounder up the middle, stepped on the bag and fired for the twin killing. Bigham also handled a grounder for the third out.
UA starter DJ Baxendale dodged some early trouble in the first and second when he gave up four singles. He came out of that unscathed thanks to four strikeouts. Baxendale had to leave in the sixth when a blister popped after 95 pitches.
"DJ really competed, kicked, battled and just worked through some things early," Van Horn said. "They got some hits, but they couldn't get the big hit. That was key for us. They were a hit away from getting some runs early. A couple of hits here or there and they would have had a nice lead, but DJ didn't let that happen."
Barrett Astin was up and working when Baxendale's blister finally popped.
"I knew the situation," he said. "I was pretty much ready. They told me on the radio so I was loose."
Astin (3-1) allowed two hits in 2.2 innings.
"We did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground tonight," Astin said. "I guess you don't see many 10-hit shutouts. That's a good team over there so our guys played well."
Sanburn got the final four outs for his fifth save. He said he got "chills" going to the bullpen in the late innings.
"This crowd, what was it, 10,000?" he said. "It was something just trotting down there. And when I came out to pitch, they were calling the Hogs and it was really loud. That was awesome. But I didn't do nothing. DJ and Barrett did the hard work. They were out there fighting to get us to the end. My job was easy.
"This is a nice win, but it's not what we set out to do. We want more than a Friday night win. We've done that before. We are going to come out harder tomorrow, be more aggressive."
Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn called it a "team victory. We did a lot of things really well tonight and beat a dangerous team. DJ dodged some bullets early. But he did what we coach, believe in the next pitch. It's not the last pitch, but the next one. He made some great pitches when they had some runners on. He bent, but he never broke."
Jorn visited Sanburn after his leadoff walk in the ninth.
"It was obvious they were taking some strikes and he was trying to guide it over the plate," Jorn said. "I wanted to make sure he stayed aggressive. I wanted him to throw the same no matter if it was 10-0 or 2-0. I told him not to guide it."
Sanburn said he probably benefitted from the walk.
"I had worked from the stretch in the bullpen and when I came in for the eighth, that's what I was doing," he said. "So to start the ninth I went back to the windup. That was probably a mistake. Should have just stayed with the stretch."
Van Horn praised Baxendale several times during his post-game interviews and admitted he didn't know how long the blister would keep the staff ace off the mound.
"Realistically, he probably can't open next weekend," Van Horn said. "We might get something out of him at the end of next weekend. That's what you'd hope for right now."