Feb. 13, 2009

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Elon is Coaches' Choice in Southern 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 Southern Conference (seven out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  Elon*


The top three starting pitchers are: Jesse Simpson, College of Charleston; Asher Wojciechowski, The Citadel; Chris Masters, Western Carolina


The top closer is: Thomas Girdwood, Elon*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Thomas Girdwood, Elon


The most underrated pitcher is: Cory Harrilchak, Elon (pictured left)


The best defensive catcher is: Dallas Tarleton, Elon


The best catcher arm is: Dallas Tarleton, Elon


The best defensive infielder is: Brent Greer, Western Carolina


The best defensive outfielder is: Corey Overholtzer, UNC Greensboro


The three best pure hitters are: Cory Harrilchak, Elon*; Ty Wright, Georgia Southern; Sonny Meade, The Citadel


The three biggest power threats are: Ty Wright, Georgia Southern*; Brandon Sizemore, College of Charleston (pictured right); Richard Jones, The Citadel


The hitter you least want to face is: Cory Harrilchak, Elon


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


The best base-runner is: Cory Harrilchak, Elon


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: J.I. Clements Stadium, Georgia Southern


The best game coach is: Mike Kennedy, Elon


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Greg Starbuck, Elon


* - unanimous selection 

(photos courtesy of Elon and CofC Media Relations Office)