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College Player Of The Year

Aaron Fitt -

As time passes, Stephen Strasburg might be remembered as the greatest pitcher in college baseball history, and his 2009 junior campaign as the most dominant season ever. Strasburg, San Diego State's 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander, went 13-1, 1.32 with 195 strikeouts and 19 walks in 109 innings to lead the Aztecs to regionals for the first time since 1991. His 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings ranks third on the NCAA's single-season list.

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College World Series Capsules

Aaron Fitt -

We tried something a bit different this year with our preseason Top 25 capsules, using the 20-80 scouting scale to grade each team in various facets of the game. The experiment seemed to be well received by readers, so in the interests of accountability and fun, let's revisit and revise our preseason grades for the eight teams that reached the College World Series.

College | #2009#College World Series#Postseason

Spotlight Shines On Hard Use Of Pitchers

John Manuel -Premium Content

When the spotlight shines brightest on college baseball, in the postseason, the focus almost always seems to go on two aspects of the sport rarely seen in pro ball in May and June. First, the players will do anything to win, to get to Omaha, and once there, to win it. Second, it's very rare that pro pitchers will work as hard as Austin Wood and Mike Belfiore—who also was a DH and, amazingly, a left fielder and made 10 plate appearances—did in the Texas-BC 25-inning game.

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College Top 25: June 9

The top five teams remained the same in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings, as all five won super regionals. North Carolina, Arkansas and Southern Mississippi each rose in the rankings after winning their super regionals. The Tar Heels climbed one spot to sixth, while the Razorbacks and Golden Eagles each jumped eight places to No. 8 and No. 11, respectively.

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College Top 25: June 2

UC Irvine was finally knocked off its six-week perch atop the Baseball America rankings, as the Anteaters lost twice to Virginia in the nation's toughest regional. Louisiana State assumed the No. 1 spot in the rankings.

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College Top 25: May 25

UC Irvine held fast at the top of the Baseball America Top 25 rankings, as the Anteaters took two out of three at UC Santa Barbara to remain perfect in weekend series and earn the No. 1 ranking for the sixth consecutive week.

College | #2009#Top 25