Feb. 19, 2010


Georgia Southern is team to beat in Southern 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 Southern Conference (four out of 11 coaches participated).


The team to beat is:  Georgia Southern


The top three starting pitchers are: Asher Wojciechowski, The Citadel; Jimmy Reyes, Elon; Jake Brown, Georgia Southern


The top closer is: Thomas Girdwood, Elon


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Asher Wojciechowski, The Citadel


The most underrated pitcher is: Ian Parry, Furman


The best defensive catcher is: Mike Melillo, Elon


The best catcher arm is: Mike Melillo, Elon


The best defensive infielder is: Kyle Jordan, The Citadel


The best defensive outfielder is: Corey Overholtzer, UNC Greensboro


The three best pure hitters are: Joey Bergman, College of Charleston (pictured right); Ross Heffley, Western Carolina; Wes Hobson, Appalachian State


The three biggest power threats are: Joey Bergman, College of Charleston; Mike Melillo, Elon; Brian Harrison, Furman


The hitter you least want to face is: Joey Bergman, College of Charleston


The most underrated hitter is: No hitter received more than one vote


The best base-runner is: Joey Bergman, College of Charleston


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, The Citadel; and UNCG Baseball Stadium, UNC Greensboro


The best game coach is: Mike Kennedy, Elon


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Greg Starbuck, Elon


(photos courtesy of Brown and Yale Media Relations Offices)