That's Van Horn's take after he was asked how much the Razorbacks need to do this week in Hoover, Ala., when they enter as the SEC's No. 3 seed on Wednesday. The Hogs play at 9:30 a.m. against the Ole Miss-Kentucky winner from Tuesday morning.
The Arkansas coach was asked why his teams do better in the NCAA tournament -- with three runs to the College World Series including last year -- with no SEC baseball tournament titles.
"I think we have been to the finals once since I've been here and Coach (Norm) DeBriyn had a team that won the league that played in the finals," Van Horn said. "We want to win, anytime you step on the field you want to win. You don't want to go home."
But maybe this is a tournament that you want to be careful with the health of your team with NCAA tournament play beginning the next week. Van Horn admitted that his front-line starters will get only one turn in the SEC tourney no matter how deep his team goes.
"You don't want to hurt yourself, come out of here with a sore arm," he said. "If we are here late, we will be piecing it together on the mound maybe with a freshman and the bullpen."
For sure, Barrett Astin will start on Wednesday in the Hogs' first game, against the winner of Kentucky and Ole Miss, teams that the Hogs went a combined 3-3 against in the regular season. Ryne Stanek is likely to go in the second game.
But Van Horn did mention that No. 3 starter Randall Fant didn't throw many pitches in his last outing and might could move up a day.
After that, the Hogs are likely to start freshman, perhaps Colin Poche, Michael Gunn or Ryan Killian. Van Horn said there is a constant to teams that make a long run in Hoover.
"Usually, what it takes to win this tournament is you get a guy who you are not expecting to give you six or seven innings and hold someone down," Van Horn said. "That's what you hope happens."
The Hogs expect to have all hands on deck this week after top-of-the-lineup batters Joe Serrano (groin) and Jacob Mahan (quadriceps) sat out most of the Auburn series.
"I expect that when we get to Wednesday morning, they will all be there," Van Horn said. "If not we'll fill in with the usual guys."
Do the Hogs still have a chance to host an NCAA Regional at Baum Stadium? Some projections are sending the team on the road, perhaps to Kansas State, in the first round despite a solid finish in the SEC regular season.
"To be honest, I don't really know," Van Horn said. "We are third in a very powerful conference. We are ahead of very good teams by three games that are being talked about getting a regional.
"Do we need to win some games here? I don't know. We are going to try to do that and I don't know, it might hurt us if we cant. It's difficult to answer because I don't know all of the things that are being looked at."
Van Horn has said several times this season that he's looking hard at the criteria for hosting regionals and he might have to change his scheduling practices with more road games in the future in the nonconference.
"We are in a position that we can -- because of our home attendance -- pay teams to come in here to play," he said. "But if we need to go on the road more -- the RPI criteria is weighted more to road victories -- than we'll do that. I'm willing to do that.
"You look at what we've done in conference with seven conference series victories, then you'd say in a normal year that would be enough to host a regional. I just don't know what a normal year is now."
What's been normal for the Hogs this year has been superb pitching trying to carry the load while the hitting and defense tries to settle out. Astin, Stanek and Fant to go with a strong bullpen anchored by Colby Suggs has kept the team in most games.
The only consistent hitter in the lineup has been sophomore Brian Anderson, on a hot tear to lift his season average to .349. He leads the team with four homers. Tyler Spoon and Matt Vinson had hot streaks early, but have been inconsistent of late.
"I think what we've seen is that our offense has been better, but we seem to have one game each weekend when we don't do as well," Van Horn said. "Sometimes you have to credit the other team for good pitching."
Van Horn was asked if the SEC -- with three teams in the College World Series the last five years -- is as strong this season. He said it's not much different than what he thought in preseason when he thought the league might be at its strongest position.
"I think we have six or seven (SEC teams) with the potential to get to the College World Series," he said. "You never know (which ones) until you get into a regional. Sometimes it has to do with matchups.
"I think we have very good depth on the mound, experienced players and we have two very good teams in LSU and Vanderbilt."