In fact, the first thing Van Horn did, perhaps joking, when he ambled over to the media afterwards was point to the celebratory hats.
"Anyone want a hat?" Van Horn said.
But he did like another solid game in the leadoff spot from freshman Collin Kuhn, a three-run triple from Travis Sample and the impressive pitching from Mike Bolsinger and Scott Limbocker.
Kuhn doubled in his first two at-bats to give him eight straight hits. He also scored twice and drove in a run.
Sample put things out of reach for the 13-3 Hogs, clearing the bases with a shot into the right field corner in the seventh inning. He made the Cornhuskers pay for filling the bases with an intentional walk to Ben Tschepikow.
Bolsinger and Limbocker combined to pitch 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the heart of the game to befuddle the Cornhuskers. Arkansas pitching didn't allow a hit until one was out in the eighth inning.
Brett Eibner was the Arkansas starter and was staked to a 4-0 lead, but gave way to Bolsinger in the third because of control problems. Eibner walked five and left with two runners on base. Bolsinger committed a throwing error on a bunt to load the bases. The Cornhuskers plated their first run on a double-play grounder.
Kuhn led off the bottom of the first with a double, then scored on Tschepikow's opposite-field homer to left. It was Tschepikow's sixth homer of the season. The Hogs added two more in the second. Zach Cox reached on an infield hit, James McCann doubled and Cox scored on a wild pitch. McCann came home on Kuhn's double.
"Kuhn has really played well," Van Horn said. "We thought he might be our leadoff man next season and he's done well in that spot the last week."
Chase Leavitt, the regular leadoff man, is out with a hamstring injury.
"We thought Chase was ready and he hurt it again," Van Horn said. "We just have to hold him out. We've got to get him healed.
"I think Chase could pinch hit if we get in a situation where we need contact, but we want to get him ready for this weekend."
Van Horn said Eibner was breezing as long as he was pitching from the windup. With runner's on, he struggled to find the plate.
"He's having trouble from the stretch," Van Horn said. "He's slipping on the rubber a little bit, so we've got to get an adjustment. He was fine in the first -- didn't have anyone on base. Nebraska was really one big hit away in the early innings so it was good to get past those two situations with a lot of runners on.
"We wanted to get Bolsinger some work and he pitched well. He sometimes struggles with that first batter, then he gets in a groove. He did tonight. He was pitching around the knees and his breaking ball was very good.
"Then, Scott Limbocker really pitched well, too. Limbocker looked good in the fall and was throwing even harder than he did tonight. It will be good to get another lefthander going out of the pen.
"Sample got a big hit for us. He really hit well this fall and it's good to see that from him."
Nebraska coach Mike Anderson used eight pitchers on the night. Van Horn said the Hogs may be in a similar situation Wednesday when the two-game series ends.
"We'll start with Sam Murphy, but we have some guys who need some work," he said. "I've done that before like Nebraska did. When I was at Nebraska, we'd play Creighton in a midweek game and we'd both run them out there like that."
So what about the green hats?
"I didn't get a vote," Van Horn laughed. "Really, it was fun. If we are asked to wear green hats on St. Patrick's Day, we were fine with that. I think most everyone liked it. We had a good crowd (8,366) for a Tuesday night and a good team to play. Nebraska is good."
Bolsinger thought he looked "a little goofy" in the green hat, mainly because it was a button-up style in the back.
"Look at me, I've got big ears and this isn't the style for me," he said. "I am glad we are done with it."
And, he's glad to get in some solid work. He pitched well in his first outing, but didn't fare as well this past weekend.
"I threw a lot in the game against Cal and then this past weekend -- I guess I'm still not strong enough coming back from mono -- my arm felt like jello," Bolsinger said. "I was going to ask Coach (Dave) Jorn for some work before tonight and they came to me first with this idea to pitch in relief. I was glad to get back out there and work some things out. My arm felt great tonight."
Bolsinger faced 14 batters and threw 56 pitches.
"Things were better tonight," he said. "The good thing is that our offense gave us a good lead. That really helps the pitching when you are already ahead when you come in."
Bolsinger said he couldn't help but notice the goose egg on the scoreboard under hits for the Cornhuskers.
"I'm not going to deny it," he said. "I was looking in between innings. We all knew it. I was just trying to pick up Eibner and then I knew Limbocker was trying to do the same thing for me."
Limbocker gave up two hits in the eighth. Jeremy Heatley, the fourth UA hurler, gave up two hits and two runs in the ninth.
- Ben Tschepikow's first-inning home run extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
- Scott Lyons has a six-game hitting streak.
- Collin Kuhn's back-to-back doubles gave him hits in eight consecutive at-bats.
- Arkansas has scored first in each of its last four games - all wins.
- The Razorbacks have won five straight at Baum Stadium and 10 of their last 11 at home.
- Arkansas pitching recorded 22 outs before allowing a hit.
Collin Kuhn slams a double.
Dave Van Horn goes over the ground rules before the game with Nebraska coach Mike Anderson.
Ben Tschepikow rounds third with hitting coach Todd Butler ready with congratulations after a first-inning homer.
The Hogs wore green hats to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated