“We need that as much as anything. We don’t have that right now. Probably the closest we’ve got to it right now is (catcher Greg) Blum and (first baseman/outfielder Scott) Crossett. Crossett will speak up a little bit, grab the bull by the horns. A lot of people on our club think Crossett is a senior, but… he’s a true junior. Blum is vocal. He has kind of a (Tom) Pagnozzi makeup in that he’ll tell you what he thinks and is very up-front. I like his personality. He’s not inhibited. He doesn’t get intimidated by an (opposing) coach, or another player or a team.”
ON THE REHABILITATION OF PITCHER MIKE MORIARITY FROM TOMMY JOHN ELBOW SURGERY
“That will be a big question. That will be a key to our club, I feel. It’s been so far, so good. He’s making progress. The arm is coming along. You can tell… the day after he throws he’s not nearly as sore as he was a month ago or before the surgery.”
ARKANSAS’ PROJECTED OPENING DAY LINEUP
Following is Arkansas’ projected starting lineup for Saturday’s 1 p.m. season opener against Missouri Southern, according to DeBriyn:
Isaacson is scheduled to pitch two innings, followed by two innings each from Cliff Lee, Matt Riethmaier and Wes McCrotty and one inning from Gary Hogan Jr.