"I just want to see how they feel," Van Horn said after Tuesday's workout at Bellevue East High School.
They would be pitchers DJ Baxendale and Randall Fant. Baxendale was the pitcher in the first UA win at Omaha on Saturday. He would be pitching on short rest, but nothing terrible. Fant hasn't thrown at the CWS.
"I will talk to both of them and see," Van Horn said. "We've got a lot of guys in that bullpen wanting to pitch. But we won't make that decision until I see them in the morning and it won't have anything to do with who we play."
Van Horn said he didn't think his team would get cocky -- not his word -- after beating the Gamecocks. He said things have been tough all year for the Hogs despite winning 46 games for them to think they had it made.
"You are in a good position when you can rest your staff and the other team is playing," Van Horn said. "The team that wins the first two games is in a good spot.
"But it's not like we beat anyone 15-2. That would be a different story. Everything has been close. We could be 0-and-2. We know down in Waco we were close we were to not being in Omaha."
Van Horn liked what he saw at practice Tuesday, but knows what the Hogs did in batting practice was not reality. With the wind blowing out at 25 mph in a high school facility, the Hogs cranked "40 to 50 home runs. Every guy in our lineup hit three or four."
Dominic Ficociello brought chuckles when he hit a ball high over the wall in dead left field. It got into the jet stream and was still going up when it covered the park fence, then cleared another bigger fence that staked the high school grounds. It landed on a road running behind the fence, across and then up a road going the other way far up a hill.
"There were two neighbors out there and when it went up the road between their houses, they ran after it," Van Horn said. "That was pretty comical."
Lefty bangers Sam Bates and Michael Gunn took turns bouncing homers off the Arkansas bus about 100 feet beyond the wall in right.
"It was a monsoon-type of wind," Van Horn said. "I think our guys were having fun."
Baxendale thinks he will be ready to go Thursday, but doesn't care when he gets his next turn. He said he trusts his coaches to make that call.
"I think Coach wants to just make sure how we are when we get up," he said. "Fant and I both had our bullpens today. We'll see how our arms feel in the morning. I think we'll both be good. I am confident that Randall will get it done given the opportunity. He is pitching pretty good."
If it's Fant, it might not be for long.
"We want three or four from him," Van Horn said. "Our bullpen is rested. Those guys want to pitch, too. We don't expect him to go beyond that. It may be that if he goes three, we go to the pen."
In reality, there are lots of arms ready. Baxendale said the off days at the CWS are "weird and not something we are used to. I sat there at the game last night in the dugout and talked about the game yesterday. And someone said, 'We didn't play yesterday. It was two days ago.' And that is weird. We played every day in Houston and Waco.
"Our team is in a good frame of mind right now. Right now, we are really focused. We know at some point it's loser go home. We just know that we are going to give it everything we have every play. That's the way we've been playing for some time.
"It's nice to be sitting 2-0, but at the same time we can't get complacent. We had this in us all year and all it took is a kick in the butt to get it out of us."
So what was the kick in the butt?
"I think it was the realization that we were in Omaha," he said. "We knew we were with the best of the best and then we took it to another level."
Jacob Mahan, Bo Bigham, Matt Reynolds and Dominic Ficociello wait for their turn in the batting cage.
Dave Van Horn hits some grounders in practice.
Jake Wise warms up a future Razorback, Joseph Walker, 3, son of UA assistant Brian Walker.
Randall Fant gets his bullpen work Tuesday.
Bo Bigham takes care of a fan after practice.
The Hogs work through batting practice at Bellevue East High.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated