"Coach Van Horn basically built what we are standing on today. I think it's awesome he's coming back. I'm sure the fans want to give him a shout out," said Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad on Sunday. "They have the best team ERA in the country and are built on pitching. They played in the National Championship a year ago. He's bringing in one of the top ten team's in the country and it's another great opportunity for our guys to compete against the high level – it's what our team wants."
It's been 11 seasons since Van Horn left for the SEC and more importantly his alma mater in Arkansas. In those 11 years, he's went to the College World Series three times and his teams have never failed to make the NCAA regional.
"The man knows how to win and put a team together," said Erstad. "He's going to build his teams with pitching and defense and they will be scrapy. I guarantee the Arkasnas team coming in here will be no different."
The Razorbacks' pitching staff boasts a 1.72 ERA, but lost two of three to LSU over the weekend.
* Due to possible bad weather on Wednesday, Nebraska play a double-header on Tuesday, with the first game starting at 3:05 p.m. The second game will start approixmately at 6:35 p.m. and be showed on the Big Ten Network. Fans who had a ticket to the game on Wednesday can use their ticket Tuesday or as general admission to any other home game this season.
* Nebraska will start the first game in the two-game set with sophomore pitcher Kyle Kubat on the mound. After his 5-1 record and a 2.64 ERA his freshman season, Kubat has battled soreness in his shoulder and will be making his first apperance of the season. He did warm up on Sunday in the bullpen, but was not used.