Feb. 16, 2008


Austin Peay is pick in Ohio Valley


CollegeBaseballInsider.com asked college coaches around the country to preview the 2008 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 (five out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: Austin Peay


The three top starting pitchers are: Christian Friederich (Eastern Kentucky)*, Dustin Renfrow (Southeast Missouri State)*, Ryne Mantooth (Austin Peay)


The top closer is: Doug Denson (Samford)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Christian Friederich (Eastern Kentucky)


The most underrated pitcher is: No pitcher received more than one vote.


The best defensive catcher is: Jim Klocke (Southeast Missouri State)*


The best three pure hitters are: Clay Whittemore (Jacksonville State), Jim Klocke (Southeast Missouri State), Tyler Farrar (Austin Peay)


The biggest three power threats are: Clay Whittemore (Jacksonville State), Matt Wagner (Southeast Missouri State), Will Hogue (Austin Peay)


The hitter you least want to face is: Clay Whittemore (Jacksonville State)


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


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Samford


*unanimous selection