Arkansas fell one game short of the College World Series finals on Thursday, losing 2-0 to Ole Miss as Dylan DeLucia threw a complete-game shutout. The Razorbacks will have to wait at least one more year for their first national championship, and it appeared that this might be the year for coach Dave Van Horn and Co. After the loss in Omaha, Van Horn spoke with reporters about the Hogs’ season overall, their tough day and more; below is a transcript of his comments courtesy of ASAP Sports.
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Van Horn: “What a great pitchers’ duel actually. I think both pitchers, they gave it everything they had. Connor, seven innings, gave up seven hits. You look at DeLucia, the same thing, four hits, seven strikeouts. Connor (Noland) had seven strikeouts. We had a couple opportunities, but just kind of baseball, the way it works, we hit some balls hard in the middle innings, and we just kept hitting the ball at them, and they made the other plays. Dylan just did a great job over there. He didn’t walk anybody. He didn’t give us a chance. We didn’t have a leadoff man on one time in nine innings.
“It’s hard to score against good pitching when the leadoff man doesn’t get on here and there. So just disappointed that we lost, but so proud of my team. Just proud of the way they fought really the last four or five weeks to get back to where we knew we should be, and that’s here in Omaha. I told them after the game how proud I was of them. I’m not going to — I had a little trouble talking, but I told them that I ‘m not going to cry. I’m not going to cry when you finish your season in Omaha.”