Feb. 12, 2008


Cougars claim preseason top spot in Southern Conference


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 Southern Conference (six out of 10 coaches participated).


The team to beat is: College of Charleston


The three top starting pitchers are: Steven Hensley (Elon), Tyler Sexton (Western Carolina), Drew Saberhagen (Western Carolina)/Danny Meszaros (College of Charleston) (pictured right)


The top closer is: Garrett Sherrill (Appalachian State)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Steven Hensley (Elon)


The most underrated pitcher is: Jason Rook (Appalachian State)


The best defensive catcher is: Blake Murphy (Western Carolina)


The best three pure hitters are: Chris Swauger (The Citadel), Michael Harrington (College of Charleston) (pictured right), David Rubinstein (Appalachian State)


The biggest three power threats are: Blake Murphy (Western Carolina)*, Michael Harrington (College of Charleston), Chris Swauger (The Citadel)


The hitter you least want to face is: Chris Swauger (The Citadel)


The most underrated hitter is: Sonny Meade (The Citadel)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: The Citadel


*unanimous selection


Preseason coaches' poll

1. College of Charleston 86

2. Western Carolina 77

3. Georgia Southern 70

4. Elon 68

5. The Citadel 55

6. Appalachian State 54

7. UNC Greensboro 51

8. Wofford 33

9. Furman 27

10. Davidson 19