Feb. 10, 2009

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Coastal Carolina is Choice in Big South Conference


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2009 college baseball season by sharing their insights on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide a sneak peek for the season ahead. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at the Big South (six out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Coastal Carolina*


The top three starting pitchers are: Nick McCully, Coastal Carolina; Dustin Umberger, Liberty* (pictured left); Travis Smink, VMI


The top closer is: Travis Smink, VMI


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Dustin Umberger, Liberty


The most underrated pitcher is: Chris Henderson, VMI; Travis Smink, VMI; Andrew White, Charleston Southern


The best defensive catcher is: Errol Hollinger, Liberty


The best catcher arm is: Errol Hollinger, Liberty


The best defensive infielder is: Kevin Weidenbacher, UNC Asheville


The best defensive outfielder is: Sam Roberts, VMI


The three best pure hitters are: Alex Gregory, Radford*; Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina*; David Anderson, Coastal Carolina; Reggie Keen, Radford


The three biggest power threats are: David Anderson, Coastal Carolina*; Alex Gregory, Radford; Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina


The hitter you least want to face is: Alex Gregory, Radford


The most underrated hitter is: No hitter received more than one vote


The best base-runner is: Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina*


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: The Winthrop Ballpark


The best game coach is: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mike McGuire, Winthrop; and Kevin Schnall, Coastal Carolina


* - unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Liberty Media Relations Office)