Feb. 19, 2009

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Western Kentucky is Team to Beat in Sun Belt


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 Sun Belt Conference (eight out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Western Kentucky


The top three starting pitchers are: Matt Ridings, Western Kentucky*; Chase Ware, Arkansas State; Matt Jackson, South Alabama; Kenneth Roberts, Middle Tennessee


The top closer is: Josh Storm, Troy


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Matt Ridings, Western Kentucky


The most underrated pitcher is: Chase Ware, Arkansas State


The best defensive catcher is: J.B. Paxson, Western Kentucky


The best catcher arm is: J.B. Paxson, Western Kentucky


The best defensive infielder is: Ben Soignier, ULM


The best defensive outfielder is: Matt Hightower, Western Kentucky


The three best pure hitters are: Ben Soignier, ULM; Ryan Mollica, FIU; Chad Cregar, Western Kentucky


The three biggest power threats are: Chad Cregar, Western Kentucky* (pictured right); Rawley Bishop, Middle Tennessee; David Doss, South Alabama


The hitter you least want to face is: Chad Cregar, Western Kentucky


The most underrated hitter is: David Doss, South Alabama


The best base-runner is: Terrence Dayleg, Western Kentucky


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, Louisiana-Lafayette


The best game coach is: Steve Peterson, Middle Tennessee (pictured on top)


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mark Smartt, Troy


(photos courtesy of MTSU and WKU Media Relations Office)