is a senior shortstop for Notre Dame who will contribute a journal
to CollegeBaseballInsider.com. A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Lopez
has been a mainstay on the Irish infield since he arrived in South Bend,
starting 159 games and playing in 172 his first three years. Lopez, a
two-time captain for Notre Dame, holds a 3.37 GPA as a double major in
pre-professional studies and anthropology.
Brandon McArthur is a sophomore second baseman from Seffner, Fla.
made a miraculous return last year, two years after
suffering life-threatening injuries from a punch to
the head and fall to the ground. He had three brain surgeries before
becoming a key ingredient in the Gators' run to the College World Series title
series in 2005. McArthur started 60 games at third base and batted .268.
Jon Mueller is entering his sixth
season as head coach of the Great Danes. A year ago, Albany posted a
program-best record of 37-14, including 14-7 in the America East Conference.
Mueller, the 2004 America East Coach of the Year, will be checking in each week
of the 2005 season.
Persichina, Arizona State
Joe Persichina is a junior infielder
for Arizona State. Persichina, a native of Torrance, Calif.,
started 42 games as a freshman and was an honorable-mention all-Pac-10 selection
after hitting .320 and fielding at a .985 clip. Last year, he started 28 games
on the infield and hit the go-ahead homer - only the third of his career - that
lifted ASU past Cal State Fullerton and into the College World Series.
Kyle Livingstone, Texas State; Cory Luckie, Auburn; DJ Mauldin, Cal Poly; Kevin
2009 Journals: Pat Colwell, San Diego State; Michael Earley, Indiana;
Ruairi O'Connor, Florida State; Keith Shinaberry, Texas; Dan Spencer, Texas Tech
2008 Journals: Matt Carpenter, TCU; Kevin Cooney, Florida Atlantic; Jerrod Farley, Norfolk
State; Logan Gelbrich, San Diego; Zach Miller, Ole Miss; Ty Pryor, Ole Miss
2007 Journals: Erik Bird, Nebraska; Drew Davis, Elon; Jeremy Farrell,
Virginia; Dan Spencer, Oregon State; Brad Winter, Kent State
2005 Journals: Kevin Cooney, Florida Atlantic; Ryan LaMotta, Baylor; Jon Mueller, Albany; Mike Trapani, Georgia Tech
2004 Journals: Kyle Brown, Le Moyne; Kevin Cooney, Florida Atlantic; P.J. Pilittere, Cal State Fullerton; Jeremy Sowers,
2003 Journals: Steve Englert, Boston College; Ryan Johnson, Wake Forest