FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Cheering crowds welcomed the Hogs home from Omaha Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium. Fans are already looking forward to the future of this program.
“They had a fantastic season and we’ve got some wonderful young players so this program is going to be good for many years,” said Ray Hobbs, a Razorback baseball fan.
Players and coaches walked off the bus after two weeks in Omaha vying for a national championship. The team’s dream of making history was crushed by Oregon state.
“Just keep your heads up and don’t get too disappointed,” said Sam Patterson as he waited for the players to arrive.
One fan was in Omaha since the opening ceremonies. He got home at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, but wanted to shake the players’ hands one last time.
“I got a little souvenir in Omaha and I’m going to try to get some of the teams to sign it for me and I rarely get stuff signed, but this one was special and I want to put it on the wall,” said Kent Atkins.
Others — hoping to thank the players with special gifts.
“It’s cool that Blaine Knight is a fisherman, my wife and I own a fisherman tackle company and so we’ve put together a care package for Blaine to take with him of our best and favorite lures,” said Hobbs.
But most of all, fans and coaches are already looking forward to next season.
“The future is really bright, plus they got a lot of young pitchers plus some good recruits coming in to so I wouldn’t be shocked again at all to see them back again next year,” said Kent Atkins.
“We’re going to get some more players and we’ll be back,” said Coach Dave Van Horn.