11 Southern California college baseball coaches gathered at ESPNZone in Anaheim Wednesday to address the assembled media for the third straight year. Replacing new USC interim coach Frank Cruz, assistant coach Doyle Wilson was in attendance, where he discussed the Trojans’ upcoming 2011 season, which officially. begins Feb. 18 against Missouri at Dedeaux Field.
On the addition of Morgan Ensberg, a former infielder at USC and in the major leagues, as a graduate assistant
“Morgan’s done a great job. He comes down from San Diego. He’s not there all the time. Taking a few classes at ‘SC, so he comes out about maybe two days a week. He’s been a great presence for us. He’s a got a great attitude. Just brings a fun atmosphere, so he’s doing a good job.”
On signing three top 100 players in the offseason
“We feel real fortunate we got a kid Austin Wood in from Florida, [junior college] pitcher, big arm, had a real good summer in the Cape [Cod]. Ended up going in the fourth round and we didn’t think we were gonna get him, but he ended up showing up on campus. He’s a great kid and were really excited to have him.
On the team’s leaders
Ricky Oropesa has obviously done a great job for us the last two years knocking in runs and stuff, so he’s going to have a great year. And Andrew Triggs — bright, young kid, who was our Friday night guy last year
On handling transition from last season (note: coach Chad Kreuter was relieved of duties in August)
“That’s a good question. I think they’ve done a great job. I think coach Cruz brings an energy and discipline to the club. The kids are working harder than I’ve ever seen.”
For more from media day, check out USCRipsIt.com.