Feb. 21, 2008


San Diego sets the pace in the West Coast Conference


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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 West Coast Conference (five out of eight coaches participated).


The team to beat is: San Diego*


The three top starting pitchers are: Brian Matusz (San Diego)*, Josh Romanski (San Diego)*, Brett Hunter (Pepperdine)


The top closer is: A.J. Griffin (San Diego)


The one pitcher you don’t want to face is: Brian Matusz (San Diego)


The most underrated pitcher is: Matt Couch (San Diego)/Matt Wickswat (Santa Clara)


The best defensive catcher is: Tommy Medica (Santa Clara)


The best three pure hitters are: Tommy Medica (Santa Clara), Angelo Songco (Loyola Marymount), Eric Thames (Pepperdine)


The biggest three power threats are: Ryan Wiegand (Gonzaga), Ryan Conan (Santa Clara), Eric Thames (Pepperdine)/Ryan Heroy (Pepperdine)


The hitter you least want to face is: Tommy Medica (Santa Clara)*


The most underrated hitter is: Randy Wells (Saint Mary’s)


Your favorite road stadium to visit is: Pepperdine


*unanimous selection