"I'm disappointed we didn't win the series this weekend (against South Carolina), but I like where we are as far as attitude and effort," Van Horn said. "I can't fault the way we are playing.
"Our approach is good. I feel good about them. And I can tell our team likes it that our coaches are proud of them."
Van Horn knows that the Hogs went 3-3 against to of the nation's best teams over the last two weekends. The Hogs won two of three against Florida and the loss was a tight 3-2 game. The two losses against South Carolina were tight ones, too.
Van Horn said the goal is still to host a regional and make a run in the NCAA tournament.
"I don't know what's going to happen, but when the pairings come out there are going to be some teams that won't like it if we are in the regional with them," Van Horn said. "They will be moaning when they see our name."
But Van Horn isn't doing any moaning about a 12-12 SEC record. He sees the fight in his team.
"We haven't put it all together, but we still might," he said. "There was a time when we had the pitching, but not the hitting. And now maybe we have the hitting and aren't pitching quite as well. Maybe we put the hitting and pitching together at the right time. I know we can.
"My job right now is to keep coaching them. Our staff is encouraging them to keep fighting. I like this team. I like being around them. I'm smiling when I'm around them because they are playing the way I want them to play."
Not everyone is healthy. Van Horn said he'll reshuffle the rotation for this week's series with Auburn, which begins Thursday night for ESPN. Ryne Stanek has a tight back and will get a couple of more days of rest and might go at the end of the rotation. DJ Baxendale will move to the front for Thursday night.
"DJ wants to go on three days rest," Van Horn said. "He's pitching well right now. He didn't have any hard innings and didn't pitch from the stretch much yesterday. He's fine."
Van Horn said he will try to get a few days rest for Cade Lynch, too. Lynch has a sore shoulder and pitched only once last weekend.
"We've got a few more guys banged up and hurt," Van Horn said. "But they'll keep battling."
Catchers Jake Wise and John Clay Reeves are both injured, but will play against Auburn. Wise has bruised ribs. Reeves has a bruised left forearm.
Freshman Joe Serrano is day to day with a hamstring injury. He has only been used as a pinch-hitter in a bunt situation the last two weekends.
Freshman pitcher Mark Reyes is headed to surgery. He popped a tendon in his elbow a couple of weeks ago and will have Tommy John surgery. He will be out for up to another season.
As for the rest of the season, Van Horn said, "I think our offense is going to keep getting better. It's hard to raise your batting average this time of year, but we are doing that. We batted .379 against South Carolina and their pitching has a great against batting average.
"I see us coming. Our theme is that we have it rolling and we tell everyone in our locker room to get on board, it's like a train. In fact, last week, Tim Carver came to practice wearing a conductor's hat. We are up beat. We are going to keep it going."
Van Horn praised sophomore Colby Suggs, who pitched twice on the weekend and also stepped in as a catcher with the game on the line Sunday with Wise ejected and Reeves injured.
"He's a warrior for us," Van Horn said. "No one wants to mess with him in our dugout. He'll get after you. He's not a captain but he will probably be our captain next year and there may not even be a vote. It would be a runaway vote.
"He's really come on. He lost a little weight this year and his velocity picked up and he's really been an impressive leader."