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Texas State tops in Southland 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 Southland Conference (six out of 12 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Texas State


The top three starting pitchers are: Eric Harrington, Lamar* (pictured right); Dallas Gallant, Sam Houston State; Brian Borski, Texas State


The top closer is: Chris Franklin, Southeastern Louisiana


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Eric Harrington, Lamar


The most underrated pitcher is: Bobby Pritchett, Central Arkansas


The best defensive catcher is: Chad Comer, UT Arlington*


The best catcher arm is: Chad Comer, UT Arlington


The best defensive infielder is: Jason Martinson, Texas State


The best defensive outfielder is: Tyler Sibley, Texas State


The three best pure hitters are: Michael Choice, UT Arlington; Braeden Riley, Sam Houston State; Tyler Sibley, Texas State


The three biggest power threats are: Michael Choice, UT Arlington; Lee Orr, McNeese State; Ryan Hutson, UTSA


The hitter you least want to face is: Michael Choice, UT Arlington


The most underrated hitter is: Tyler Sibley, Texas State


The best base-runner is: Lee Orr, McNeese State


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

(photo courtesy of Lamar Media Relations Office)