Dave Van Horn didn't want to put anyone through a repeat of last week's long delay before a rain out at Kentucky. A call was made early Friday night to postpone the start of the Arkansas series with Texas A&M.
Last week, Arkansas waited four hours in their dugout for a call to be made that the Thursday night opener was rained out. Van Horn didn't do that to Texas A&M on Friday night at Baum Stadium.
"We sat there in the dugout while (Kentucky) sat in their locker room," Van Horn said. "I really didn't want to do that (to Texas A&M).
"The tough thing last week was that you couldn't tell what the weather was doing. It looked like it was over and we could play. And, more kept popping up.
"Tonight, we could tell more was on the way. It was really going to be three or four hours of this."
Both teams took batting practice Friday in preparation for the 6:35 p.m. first pitch. But storms arrived about 5:20 p.m. when the tarp was put on the field. The teams waited for an hour before Van Horn met with A&M coach Rob Childress to make the call.
"It's our administration's call, but I wanted to talk to him," Van Horn said. "You just want to do that."
Childress was a long-time Van Horn assistant before getting the Texas A&M job. He's taken the Aggies to the College World Series once and had them close again last year.
"For the 101th time, I don't really like to play his teams," Van Horn said. "I like watching them, but not playing them. They are really good."
The Aggies (33-8) lead the SEC West with a 12-6 record. They enter as No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 4 in the RPI. The Hogs (25-16, 6-12) are unranked, but on a good run. They have won four of their last five.
Van Horn will stick with his starting rotation for the first two games with Dominic Taccolini pitching the first game and Zach Jackson going in the second. The games will be nine innings. The doubleheader games at Kentucky last week were seven innings, the SEC rule for the last day of a series.
"I like nine innings," Van Horn said. "That's baseball. You manage a little different in a seven inning game. But I think we all prefer nine."