Some Hogs Going Home For NCAA Regional

FAYETTEVILLE -- Some critics say, "The only good thing to come out of Texas is Interstate 30."

Well, that's not necessarily true. Look at the Arkansas baseball roster.

There's first baseman and designated hittter Danny Hamblin, a left-fielder from Rowlett, catcher Clint Arnold from Grand Prairie, and reserve catcher Knox McCorquodale from Orange.

Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn, although not from Texas, played at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, before transferring to Arkansas.

Hitting coach Matt Deggs, a native of Bay City, Texas, is a former player from Northwood University which is just outside of Dallas.

All will have a chance to the Lone Star state as Arkansas plays in the NCAA Tournament in the Austin (Texas) Regional this week, starting Friday.

"Oh man, I'm really looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Arnold said. "Danny (Hamblin) and I will have a lot of people down there."

Hamblin is looking forward to seeing his family, especially his younger brother Miles, who Hamblin hasn't seen since Christmas.

"It'll be good to be with my family," Hamblin said. "My family will be able to watch me play," Hamblin said "He's been wanting to see me play. He's been playing baseball in high school, whatever. He didn't come to see me play (here)."

Deggs, too, is looking forward to go home where he and his wife (Kathy were raised just south of Houston in Texas City.

"That's where all our family is," Deggs said. "It's fun anytime you get to go see your family and get down that way and play in front of family and friends. So, it's a good deal for us."

Van Horn took a more coach-like approach. He said he's just happy to keep playing.

"Really, I just wanted it to be in the regional, so we didn't have to go too far," Van Horn. "That way, our fans could be there, our families can go, make it a little easier travel-wise.

"We're glad to go."

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