Feb. 13, 2009

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UTSA is Team to Beat in Southland 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 Southland Conference (six out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  UTSA*


The top three starting pitchers are: Zach Tritz, Texas State; Dallas Gallant, Sam Houston State; Jimmy Heard, Northwestern State


The top closer is: Zach Calhoon, UTSA*


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Zach Calhoon, UTSA


The most underrated pitcher is: Ryan Proudfoot, UTSA


The best defensive catcher is: Taylor Freeman, McNeese State; Heath Pugh, Sam Houston State; Ben Theriot, Texas State


The best catcher arm is: Ben Theriot, Texas State


The best defensive infielder is: Shon Landry, McNeese State; and Ty Summerlin, Southeastern Louisiana


The best defensive outfielder is: Michael Rockett, UTSA


The three best pure hitters are: Michael Rockett, UTSA*; Paul Goldschmidt, Texas State; Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington


The three biggest power threats are: Paul Goldschmidt, Texas State; Seth Hammock, Sam Houston State; Taylor Freeman, McNeese State


The hitter you least want to face is: Michael Rockett, UTSA


The most underrated hitter is: Lance Loftin, Texas State


The best base-runner is: Anthony Moore, Lamar


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Don Sanders Stadium, Sam Houston State


The best game coach is: Mark Johnson, Sam Houston State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Jason Marshall, UTSA


* - unanimous selection