FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With the start of the 2001 season just two days away, the University of Arkansas baseball team hosted area media members Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium for the Razorbacks’ annual media day.
UA head coach Norm DeBriyn opened with a media conference in the Johnny Mike Walker Lounge during which he previewed his 32nd Razorback team and answered questions from media members.
“We’re excited about opening this season,” DeBriyn said. “It’ll be good to get into a new season and forget about last season. I told the kids in the fall I would only refer to last year one time and, so far, I’ve held to that. But it’s been a fun group to work with. It’s a team that has a lot of chemistry. They like each other and have a lot of energy.
“It looks like pitching could be okay. Charlie (Isaacson) is throwing okay. (Wes) McCrotty has been having a good spring. I look at him to be a key for us, just with how he takes it and goes with it. Position player-wise, we’ve got a ways to go. It looks like the kids have a chance to get better, though, because of the kind of approach and attitude that they have. We’re encouraged about that.
“We don’t have a lot of talent in some areas. We don’t have much power. The power is probably hidden somewhere; hopefully it will surface somewhere during the year. We do have a few guys who are capable (of showing some power), like Ryan Fox, for example.
“When you come to the game, bring your rosters and scorecards because you might not recognize a lot of people. There’s going to be a lot of new people in the lineup (and) a few returners.”
Arkansas will open its 79th season of baseball when it hosts Missouri Southern Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT at Baum Stadium at George Cole Field. The Hogs will be seeking their seventh-consecutive win in a season opener and DeBriyn’s 1,100th career coaching victory.