Time With Nebraska Not On Van Horn's Mind

FAYETTEVILLE — Last year, Dave Van Horn dealt with all the questions and all the talk concerning his return to Lincoln, Neb., where he coached the Cornhuskers from 1998 to 2002. The now seventh-year Arkansas coach now believes it's time for any rehashing of the old days to take a back seat to baseball.

For Van Horn, the more important item on the agenda is keeping his Razorbacks rolling. And that's just what he'll try to do when No. 16 Arkansas plays host to his former team in a two-game midweek series at Baum Stadium.

First pitch for today's game at Baum is set for 6:35 p.m.

"There's been a lot of time go by (since I was at Nebraska)," Van Horn said. "I'm just proud of (Nebraska coach) Mike (Anderson) and the job he's done. I mean, he was one of the reasons we were good. He's a great coach and a great recruiter. Coach (Rob) Childress is down at Texas A&M now with our whole staff (from Nebraska), and I'm kind of like a proud papa in a way. I'm just happy for those guys."

While Van Horn is happy to see the program he built in Lincoln still going strong, he knows facing the Cornhuskers (11-5-1) in a midweek tilt won't be easy. Coming off its Big 12 Conference opening series at Texas Tech — which resulted in two losses in three games — Nebraska figures to be hungry for a win today. But with conference play under way for both teams, finding enough pitching to fill up these nonconference matchups is a concern.

"You know (Nebraska) is in the same boat as we are," Van Horn said. "Just play and get ready for next weekend and hopefully put together a couple of games and get ready for Auburn."

Brett Eibner (1-2, 5.87 ERA) is expected to get the pitching start for Arkansas today. Eibner has been up and down so far on the mound this season and is coming off an ineffective outing last week at Centenary. The Huskers will counter with Eric Bird (0-0, 9.26), who has allowed 12 runs in 11 2/3 innings over three starts.

Arkansas hasn't announced its Wednesday starter yet, although Sam Murphy is one pitcher being considered to fill that spot. No matter who throws, though, Van Horn said the Razorbacks will face a tough lineup with Nebraska coming to town.

"They're solid," Van Horn said. "They've played some good teams and gone on the road. They don't swing at anything unless you throw them some strikes. Coach Anderson does a great job, outstanding hitting coach and head coach. I was fortunate to work with him for five years, and they're good."



WHEN: 6:35 p.m., today

WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

ON THE AIR: KFAY 1030 AM; KURM 790 AM, 100.3 FM; KHGG 1580 AM, 103.1 FM; KXIO 106.9 FM

TV: Cox Sports (Ch. 119)

RECORDS: Nebraska 11-5-1; Arkansas 12-3


LAST MEETING: Razorbacks won, 9-4, on Mar. 19, 2008 in Lincoln

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Nebraska, Eric Bird (0-0, 9.26 ERA); Arkansas, Brett Eibner (1-2, 5.87 ERA)

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