Feb. 5, 2013

Inside: With Rice's Austin Kubitza


Rice remains team to beat in Conference USA


CollegeBaseballInsider.com surveyed college coaches around the country to preview the 2013 college baseball season by sharing their thoughts on the teams and players to watch in their conferences. CBI compiled their answers to provide insight on the upcoming season. click here for CBI Conference Previews


Today, we take a look at Conference USA (all nine coaches responded).

No change in membership from 2012


The team to beat: Rice


The top starting pitchers: Austin Kubitza, Rice; Andrew Pierce, Southern Miss; Aaron Blair, Marshall (right)


The top closer: Bradley Roney, Southern Miss


The pitcher you least want to face: Austin Kubitza, Rice


The most underrated pitcher: Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina; Andrew Pierce, Southern Miss


The best defensive catcher: Keaton Aldridge, Memphis; Ryan Breen, UCF


The best catcher arm: Keaton Aldridge, Memphis; Ryan Breen, UCF


The best defensive infielder: Brennan Middleton, Tulane


The best infield arm: Garrett Cannizaro, Tulane; Jack Reinheimer, East Carolina


The best defensive outfielder: Mason Robbins, Southern Miss


The best outfield arm: Mason Robbins, Southern Miss


The best pure hitters: Christian Stringer, Rice; Mason Robbins, Southern Miss (right); Brennan Middleton, Tulane


The biggest power threats: Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane; Mason Robbins, Southern Miss; Sean Potkay, Tulane


The hitter you least want to face: Mason Robbins, Southern Miss


The toughest hitter to strike out: Christian Stringer, Rice


The most underrated hitter: Jeff Schalk, UAB


The best baserunner: Isaac Ballou, Marshall


The best game coach: Wayne Graham, Rice


The assistant coach most ready for a head-coaching job: Chad Sutter, Tulane


(photos courtesy of Marshall & Southern Miss Media Relations Offices)