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Tough Sale

Powell Latimer -Premium Content

In 2007, Florida Gulf Coast coach Dave Tollet was looking at an intriguing recruit. A 6-foot-6 lefthanded pitcher named Chris Sale spent most of his time throwing an unspectacular 82-84 mph at Lakeland (Fla.) High. But every once in a while, the kid's velocity would shoot up to 88, flashing major-college zip before diving back to the low 80s.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

College Freshman Of The Year

Matt Forman -

After becoming the first player to garner Conference USA player of the year and freshman of the year honors in the same season, Anthony Rendon has new hardware for the trophy case. To go along with being a second-team All-America selection, Rendon is Baseball America's Freshman of the Year.

College | #2009#Awards#Freshman Of The Year

College Top 25: June 26

Louisiana State entered the postseason ranked No. 1, then dominated the College World Series to win its sixth national championship and finish the season ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 college baseball rankings.

College | #2009#Top 25

Can They Repeat?

John Manuel -

Louisiana State won its sixth national championship since 1991 and first since 2000, re-establishing itself as part of college baseball royalty by beating Texas 11-4 and winning the 2009 College World Series. To begin a second installment of the LSU dynasty, coach Paul Mainieri will have to follow the example of former Tigers coach Skip Bertman, who used a power-fueled offense and flexible pitching staff to win back-to-back titles in 1996-97. Only Oregon State (2006-07) has repeated as champion since then.

College | #2009#College World Series#Postseason