OMAHA, Neb. — One year later, it is still a beautiful sight to behold. TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the home of the College World Series.
The Arkansas Razorbacks here for the second straight season. It is the first time in program history they've made it to Omaha in back-to-back seasons. Of course, that is due to the head coach, Dave Van Horn, making his eighth trip to the college world series and he's still looking for that elusive first national championship.
But if you recall the teams he brought here in 2009, 2018: he was tense, he was focused. This year though, a different Dave Van Horn.
"We know that our guys are hooked up and ready to go at this time of the year," said Van Horn. "For me personally it's just a joy to watch these guys play. We wouldn't be in this position if we weren't a good team."
Hogs center fielder, Dominic Fletcher agrees. "He's loosened up a bit since I got here my freshman year," he said. "Going to Omaha twice helps. In my opinion not even close, he's the best coach in the country."
Isaiah Campbell, who has been brilliant in Arkansas' his wins in the Regional and Super Regional, says the decrease in intensity from Van Horn has allowed the team to loosen up as well. "I think he's a lot looser this year then he was last year and I think it really helped this team," he said. "We've been able to play how we want to play baseball and I think he likes how we do it this year, we have a little attitude and a chip on our shoulder."
It will certainly be all laughs and smiles Friday morning. The Razorbacks hitting the field for practice at 11 a.m. before a media session.
The Diamond Hogs are Omaha Hogs once again and get ready for Florida State on Saturday night.