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Louisville leads the field in the Big East Conference


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2010 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 East Conference (eight out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Louisville*


The top three starting pitchers are: Randy Fontanez, USF* (pictured right); Jarryd Summers, West Virginia*; Cole Johnson, Notre Dame


The top closer is: Chris Enourato, West Virginia


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Randy Fontanez, USF


The most underrated pitcher is: Jarryd Summers, West Virginia


The best defensive catcher is: Jeff Arnold, Louisville*


The best catcher arm is: Jeff Arnold, Louisville


The best defensive infielder is: Pierre LePage, Connecticut


The best defensive outfielder is: Josh Richmond, Louisville; and George Springer, Connecticut


The three best pure hitters are: Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia*; Dan DiBartolomeo, West Virginia; George Springer, Connecticut


The three biggest power threats are: George Springer, Connecticut*; Phil Wunderlich, Louisville (pictured right); Andrew Clark, Louisville


The hitter you least want to face is: Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia


The most underrated hitter is: Jonathan Koscso, USF; and Jimmy Parque, St. John’s


The best base-runner is: Tommy Lee, Georgetown; and Matt Szczur, Villanova


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville


The best game coach is: Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Mike Hampton, St. John’s


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of USF and UL Media Relations Offices)