Feb. 9, 2010

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Tight race for Eastern Illinois & Jacksonville State in OVC


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 Ohio Valley Conference (eight out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State


The top three starting pitchers are: Mike Recchia, Eastern Illinois* (pictured right); Josh Mueller, Eastern Illinois; Chris Craycraft, Murray State


The top closer is: Bill Henke, Jacksonville State


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Mike Recchia, Eastern Illinois


The most underrated pitcher is: Lee Henry, Tennessee Tech


The best defensive catcher is: Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri


The best catcher arm is: Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri


The best defensive infielder is: Drew Lee, Morehead State


The best defensive outfielder is: Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State


The three best pure hitters are: Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State; Wes Cunningham, Murray State; Jayson Langfels, Eastern Kentucky


The three biggest power threats are: Jayson Langfels, Eastern Kentucky (pictured right); Drew Lee, Morehead State; A.J. Kirby-Jones, Tennessee Tech


The hitter you least want to face is: Jayson Langfels, Eastern Kentucky


The most underrated hitter is: Wes Cunningham, Murray State


The best base-runner is: Jon Clinard, Austin Peay


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Capaha Field, Southeast Missouri


The best game coach is: Jim Case, Jacksonville State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Steve Gillispie, Jacksonville State


*unanimous selection

(photos courtesy of EIU and EKU Media Relations Offices)