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2011 NCAA Regional Preview: Tempe

Arizona State (39-16, 17-10 Pac-10)

Players to Watch
Johnny Ruetigger (.329 BA, 35 RBI, 21-33 SB)
Deven Marrero (.320 BA, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Brady Rodgers (8-4, 2.90 ERA)
Kramer Champlin (8-3, 3.13 ERA) 

Why they will win: It is ASU and anything less then a Super Regional bid is a major disappointment.

Arkansas (38-20, 15-15 SEC)

Players to Watch
Dominic Ficocieli (.351 BA, 4 HR, 49 RBI)
James McCann (.309 BA, 6 HR, 33 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
D.J. Baxendale (9-2, 1.75 ERA)
Cade Lynch (4-4, 3.18 ERA)

Why they will win: Arkansas always plays well in the postseason under Coach Van Horn. We should see if they can knock off the Sun Devils to get back to Omaha.

Charlotte (42-14, 17-7 A-10)

Players to Watch
Ross Steadley (.349 BA, 2 HR, 31 RBI)
Justin Wilson (.338 BA, 2 HR, 37 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Andrew Smith (9-4, 1.84 ERA)
Tyler Barnette (9-1, 1.96 ERA)

Why they will win: Pitching….Is the pitching really good? I don’t know as they play in the A-10 and will see this weekend.

New Mexico (20-39, 14-14 Mountain West)

Players to Watch
DJ Peterson (.324 BA, 6 HR, 48 RBI)
Mitch Garver (.299 BA,  2 HR, 27 RBI

Pitchers to Watch
NONE

Why they will win: They will not win the regional with three other high quality opponents in the brackets.