Feb. 16, 2009

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Oral Roberts is Team to Beat in Summit League


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Today, we take a look at the Summit League (four out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Oral Roberts*


The top three starting pitchers are: Jerry Sullivan, Oral Roberts*; Brandon Knowling, IPFW*; Mark Serrano, Oral Roberts


The top closer is: T.J. Kelly, Oral Roberts


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Jerry Sullivan, Oral Roberts


The most underrated pitcher is: Boone Whiting, Centenary


The best defensive catcher is: Cooper Stewart, Western Illinois


The best catcher arm is: Cooper Stewart, Western Illinois


The best defensive infielder is: Keli’i Zablan, Southern Utah


The best defensive outfielder is: Justin Wilson, Oakland


The three best pure hitters are: Juan Martinez, Oral Roberts; Nick Freitas, Southern Utah; Michael Notaro, Oral Roberts


The three biggest power threats are: Nick Freitas, Southern Utah*; Michael Notaro, Oral Roberts; Juan Martinez, Oral Roberts


The hitter you least want to face is: Nick Freitas, Southern Utah


The most underrated hitter is: Justin Wilson, Oakland


The best base-runner is: Nick Freitas, Southern Utah


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Oral Roberts


The best game coach is: Rob Walton, Oral Roberts


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: No assistant coach received more than one vote


* - unanimous selection