"I always feel like we need to win a couple of more," he said Monday. "The season is still going on so we need to win.
"We're going to try to win and do everything we can to win without hurting anybody. I think we're probably in the talk.
"There are probably four or five schools looking for those last two or three regionals, would be my guess. I hope we get one. We play in an awful tough league and it's been a grind. I hope we can go down there and play well, and earn one."
So who pitches against the Crimson Tide?
"It won't be DJ," Van Horn said. "It will be either (Randall) Fant or (Brandon) Moore. I'll probably make that decision by tomorrow. Randall says he feels good and Moore pitched real well against them out of the bullpen the last time we played them. Those are the two. Baxendale will go Game 2."
Why not DJ?
"We don't want to push it," Van Horn said. "It would be a couple of days rest after throwing on two days rest. I don't think it would be the best thing to do. He did what he needed to do for us to get to the tournament and win the division, so I think we need to give him another day."
Van Horn is excited to get his team to Hoover for the SEC tournament. It's a big deal.
"It's big for the young guys," Van Horn said. "There are some pretty good teams in this league that aren't going and we've been in that situation before.
"I still feel like there might be a team or two that aren't going to the tournament who might get a regional. I feel like LSU will get in. They've been kind of hot and their RPI is good. I'm glad we're going. It keeps you playing, keeps you on the field and keeps you in rhythm a little bit.
"If you stay there all week, you've got a chance to win it, you've got a chance to get tired and a chance to get injured, but it's something you want to do. You want to be there."
The Hoover experience is nice. Assistant coaches mentioned Saturday after clinching the berth that players will like the police escort and special attention.
"It's a great tournament," Van Horn said. "They run it first-class. They're going to do some things to that ballpark. They're actually going to build another pro ballpark in Birmingham that we won't be using. They're going to modernize some things to the existing ballpark to keep it there.
"We've talked about having them do a lot of things; dugouts, bringing in the fences to match the dimensions in Omaha. Just little things to get the teams ready for Omaha down the road."
Not everything Van Horn was asked about Monday were true baseball questions. Players have been growing -- and in some cases not real well -- mustaches for the month of May.
"It's not a pretty sight," he said. "It's not just the mustaches, it looks like they're doing some dying or something to make them a little darker. I could tell you what I thought they looked like but it might not be appropriate.
"It's just something to do. I think you've got to keep it loose, whatever it takes. I think they're having a good time with it. It kind of takes your mind off the pressure or the stress they might be feeling, so I'm fine with it.
"They're all brutal. Whose is the cheesiest? I'm going to go with Jarrod McKinney or Collin Kuhn. It looks like they're putting something for men on that...It doesn't look real good."