Big Crowd Shows Up To Support Diamond Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn had some buddies show up at the monthly Swatters Club meeting in the Clarion Inn on Monday to lend some moral support.

With Van Horn at the head table were pitching coach Dave Jorn, hitting coach Todd Butler and Clay Goodwin, the director of baseball operations.

"We have coach Jorn over here to my right, coach Butler and Clay Goodwin," Van Horn said. "You guys are probably wondering? Yeah, I made them come today to support me in case anybody starting swinging or throwing stuff."

Van Horn said he really didn't know what to expect Monday following Sunday's bizarre 12-10 loss in 10 innings against Auburn in Baum Stadium.

Arkansas had a complete meltdown while blowing a six-run lead. Van Horn, too, was ejected from the game after a heated argument with home plate umpire Morris Hodges in the top of the 10th.

"I told my wife last night, that's one of the hardest losses I've ever had," Van Horn said. "I hope people show up tomorrow (Monday)."

Arkansas fans did show up and there were so many, more room had to be made to accommodate the crowd.

After the meeting, Van Horn said he genuinely appreciated the overwhelming support from the crowd. "I didn't know how it would go today, it's been a rough month," Van Horn said. "The way it ended yesterday, on Sunday, knowing there was a Swatters Club meeting today, I figured it would keep a few people from coming out just on disappointment.

"To see all these people here, it's pretty impressive. I'm really thankful to see it.

"It kind of gets you fired up. Kind of gets you ready for tomorrow."

Coming Attractions

Van Horn said Arkansas is working on filling the gaps in its original schedule caused by bad weather.

The Razorbacks lost games against Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 26, Vanderbilt on March 28, and Mississippi Valley State on April 2.

"We're close to having a contract signed for Alcorn State to come in a week from Wednesday (April 16)," Van Horn said. "Then, playing a split doubleheader with Mississippi Valley State on a Monday, like May 12, the day after we finish the South Carolina series. We'll play an afternoon game, take a break, and a couple hours later, play a night game.

"Those will be the last nonconference games of the year. Hopefully, we'll be healthy and get some guys some starts."

Injury Update

Van Horn, whose team has suffered enough injures to start a MASH unit, addressed the status of his team's health.

"I do want to go through the injury update," he said. "Do you guys have a couple of hours?"

Basically, outfielder Casey Coon, who suffered a twisted ankle against Missouri State last week, probably won't be available when Arkansas plays Oral Roberts tonight in Baum Stadium.

Van Horn also said outfielder Sean Jones, who didn't get back into the starting lineup until March 28 at Vanderbilt because he broke his left hand before the season started, probably won't play tonight against Oral Roberts, either.

Jones' hand is weak and Van Horn said he doesn't need to swing a bat. Like Coon, he might be ready for Florida this weekend.

First baseman Andy Wilkins has a pull in his oblique muscle.

"I don't know on that one," Van Horn said. "That's a hard one to recover from. He may be able to play this weekend, it might not be for two weeks. We're not real sure."

Also, Van Horn said outfielder Wayne Hrozek, who also suffered from a broken left hand, might redshirt this season.

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