Feb. 8, 2010

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Fresno State is favorite in Western Athletic 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 WAC (five out of seven coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Fresno State*


The top three starting pitchers are: Derek Benny, Fresno State (pictured right); Daniel Simon, New Mexico State; Harrison Kuroda, Hawaii; Matthew Sisto, Hawaii


The top closer is: Daniel Timlin, Nevada


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Derek Benny, Fresno State


The most underrated pitcher is: Brock Stassi, Nevada


The best defensive catcher is: Trent Garrison, Fresno State


The best catcher arm is: Trent Garrison, Fresno State


The best defensive infielder is: Greg Garcia, Hawaii


The best defensive outfielder is: Westley Moss, Nevada


The three best pure hitters are: Kolten Wong, Hawaii; Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech (pictured right); Danny Muno, Fresno State


The three biggest power threats are: Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech*; Kolten Wong, Hawaii; Dusty Robinson, Fresno State


The hitter you least want to face is: Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech


The most underrated hitter is: Shaun Kort, Nevada


The best base-runner is: Westley Moss, Nevada*


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: J.C. Love Field, Louisiana Tech; and Les Murakami Stadium, Hawaii*


The best game coach is: Mike Batesole, Fresno State


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job is: Matt Curtis, Fresno State


*unanimous selection

(photo courtesy of Fresno State and Louisiana Tech Media Relations Offices)