Several teams are hoping for a Christmas gift that arrives later this spring.
Despite the loss of a few key players, College of Charleston is leading the charge in the Southern Conference. Additionally, the Cougars enter 2008 with something to prove.
While the Cougars headline the Southern Conference, Mercer leads the way in the Atlantic Sun.
The Bears welcome back seven position starters, while Kennesaw State and Lipscomb could surprise.
We preview the Southern and Atlantic Sun Conferences.
Rivals.com predicted order of finish 1. College of Charleston
3. Western Carolina
4. Appalachian State
5. Georgia Southern
6. UNC Greensboro
8. The Citadel
Preseason All-Conference team 1B. Michael Harrington, C. of Charleston
2B. Shane Kirkley, Wofford
3B. Nick Liles, Western Carolina
SS. Mike Gilmartin, Wofford
OF. David Rubinstein, Appalachian State
OF. Pat Irvine, Elon
OF. Barrett Shaft, Western Carolina
C. Blake Murphy, Western Carolina
SP. Drew Saberhagen, Western Carolina
SP. Steven Hensley, Elon
SP. Ben Austin, Wofford
RP. Matt Webb, Davidson
DH. Richard Jones, The Citadel
Rivals.com predicted order of finish 1. Mercer
4. Kennesaw State
6. North Florida
8. East Tennessee State
9. Gardner Webb
11. Florida Gulf Coast
12. South Carolina-Upstate
Preseason All-Conference team 1B. Anthony Russell, East Tenn. St.
2B. TJ Thompson, North Florida
3B. Chuck Opachich, Jacksonville
SS. Jacob Robbins, Kennesaw State
OF. Justin Bass, Stetson
OF. Daniel Cooke, Gardner Webb
OF. Martin Baker, Kennesaw State
C. Caleb Joseph, Lipscomb
SP. Rex Brothers, Lipscomb
SP. Jake Hitchcock, Stetson
SP. Brandon Langston, East Tenn. St.
RP. Robbie Elsemiller, Stetson
DH. Derek Wiley, Belmont
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.