Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn to miss Razorbacks' SEC Tournament game against Alabama
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn won’t be coaching in the Razorbacks’ SEC Tournament game Wednesday. The school made the announcement roughly 45 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Arkansas’ game against Alabama. The first pitch in Hoover is set for 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET.
“Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn will not be with the team for today’s scheduled game in the SEC Tournament,” the team’s official Twitter account announced. “He is not feeling well, but is resting comfortably.”
According to Christina Long of the Fort Smith Times Record, there will not be an official interim coach for the Hogs. Pitching decisions will be up to pitching coach Matt Hobbs, while hitting coach Nate Thompson will manage the Arkansas batters.
Arkansas is the No. 3 seed in the 2022 SEC Tournament after going 18-12 in conference play during the 2022 regular season. The Razorbacks have a 38-16 record overall. Alabama is the No. 11 seed. The Crimson Tide (30-25) advanced to the second round after defeating No. 6 seed Georgia 5-3 in Tuesday’s first-round action. Arkansas had a first-round bye as one of the top 4 seeds.
Van Horn has been the Arkansas skipper since 2003. The Hogs are 788-418 under Van Horn, posting a 313-252 mark in conference play. Van Horn, 61, was named SEC Coach of the Year for the 2004 and 2021 seasons.
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